The Tortilla Curtain Setting & Symbolism

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Delaney's car

Delaney drives an Acura with a vanity license plate that says "PILGRIM." The Acura's right headlight gets damaged when Delaney hits Candidó with his car.

Bag of tortillas

When Candidó is struck by Delaney's car, he carries a small brown bag that contains a package of tortillas. The package is labelled "Como Hechas a Mano."

Opossum

Candidó's father catches a wild opossum for dinner when Candidó is a child. Candidó thinks that it tastes like a wet rat.

Candidó's mother's corpse

Candidó's mother dies when he is six years old, and he feels that he has killed her by not saying his prayers. His mother's coffin is sealed in glass, because the body smells. Young Candidó thinks that the corpse opens her eyes and told him to go to the devil.

"Pilgrim at Topanga Creek"

Delaney writes "Pilgrim at Topanga Creek," a monthly...

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