The author described the grass in great detail. Also, a simile was used to describe the green grass. (97).
The author used a great verb to describe the gasps.Ricocheted. (109)
"He was absorbed" The author used a strange verb to explain how he was interested in something (128).
The words that are in Spanish are in a different font to show that it is not in English. (142)
The book is separated into sections. Youth 0-6. Middle age 7-11. Old age.(147).
Nancy Farmer uses italicized words to show the thoughts of Matt. "What a strange idea" (169). Without having him speaking, the author can show what Matt is feeling in his head. (169).
A simile was used to describe someone's face. "Like a rotten pumpkin". This adds more feeling to what Matt thinks of her face. (197).
The title of the chapter gives you a small hint of what's going to happen in the rest of the chapter. For example, "Blood Wedding" shows that something bad is going to happen at the wedding. I am not finished but I know that the weeding will be a disaster. (210).
To explain that the wedding is important, the author states that the train was embroidered with pearls. The pearls are a sign of wealth and not many trains have pearls on the sides.
The chapter starts with Matt asking many questions. This is used to add anxiety, to show that Matt really is worried about El Patron. "What should I do? What should I do?" (214).
The end of the chapter is a great example of a cliff-hangar. Matt is being dragged away by bodyguards and nobody knows what will happen next. He asks questions to add anxiety (227).
The author spaces out the words to show meaning. " You...owe...me" This is showing how mad El Patron is
The author makes the cliff act like a real, living thing. The cliff is "battling" with Matt. Nancy Farmer uses personification explain how difficult is was for Matt to climb up the cliff (252).
The word "crumbs" is used as a form of information. Matt is learning new things and those new things are crumbs of information.(276).
A good simile was used to describe Matt's long and difficult journey. "He felt like he'd been walking across a desert all his life and now he'd arrived at the biggest and best oasis in the world" His long journey was rewarded with a surprise. (276).
This book is interesting because I learn things beside from the story. I learned that plankton are microscopic creatures that live on the top layer of water.(280)
Just from the names of places, you that this book takes place in the future. Mexico is called Atzlan in this book and the U.S. is named differently as well. (283).
Sorry. ", you can tell that this book takes place in the future"
Some words are used in the book that are only used in some parts of the world in this book. In Atzlan, people use the word "crotting" as a curse word. But in Opium, those words aren't used. (287).
The same simile was used from earlier in the book. Before it said that Matt reached a huge oasis. Now it says that the huge oasis is actually a bad thing. He thought it was a wonderful thing earlier in the book. (293).
Some people have certain character traits that the author enhances by uses a few words. For example, Ton Ton always says the word "uh". Whenever Ton Ton is speaking, the author makes sure to put that word in the dialogue a couple times. (307).
Some italicized words are described in the beginning of the book because they are in Spanish. But later on in the book, the author expects you to know these terms and they aren't explained. (314).
The author always mentions the characters by their size. For example, Fidelito is "little boy". Chacho is "big boy". Instead of repeating their names, the author states their size. (315)
Matt is known as the aristocrat and he is always blamed for what he does. Whenever the Keepers are angry at Matt, he is called the aristocrat.( 321).
"Their cries floated to him on the dusty wind" The author used an interesting verb to describe the cries of the seagulls.
When Matt was away in the desert, there was an explosion in the Alacran house. Matt felt the ground tremble and he woke up at dawn. It is cool to see how everything in the story unfolds (376).
" Matt felt a glow of happiness" It was the first time that someone called him sir. He was always known as "it" because he was a clone. (368).
Theories and Conclusions- Showing a character change from seemingly evil to good is a powerful technique for creating a rich character. The main character, Matt, was born from a cow. A piece of skin from the ruler of Opium, was formed into an embryo and was put inside a cow. Matt is a clone of the ruler, El Patron. Matt is the first clone to act like and look like a human being. He is very intelligent and thoughtful. All of the other clones had their brains destroyed at birth. But every clone resembles their “master” in some way. Most people think that all clones are just evil. Even Matt is “evil”. Matt was raised by a woman named Celia and she made sure that he was protected from any outsider that would possibly want to harm him. They were living in the middle of a desert. She also made sure to not let Matt know that he is a clone. If he knew, then he would realize why he was isolated from the rest of the world and become depressed. Matt thinks that all boys are like him and they are not different from him.
Eventually, Celia had to let him know. One day, he wandered out in the backyard and found another house. It turned out to be El Patron’s house. Before he reached the house, he was captured and locked in a prison. El Patron’s servants found him and realized he was a clone. They locked him up and treated him like an animal. Matt was terrified. He had absolutely no idea of what was happening. He was kept in a small cell that was filled halfway with sand. Every day, the servants mocked him and hurt him for being a clone. He stayed there for six whole months of torture. Finally, Celia came and rescued him. El Patron had no idea that any of this was happening, and punished the servants. He was so sorry that this happened and invited Matt to start living with Celia, in El Patron’s house. After all, he was El Patron’s clone. But there were other kids living in the household. Matt has never interacted with other children in his life before. Unfortunately, these kids hated Matt. They didn’t even want to look at him. These people are like many others and think that clones a wicked and foul creatures.
Many people mocked him, bullied him, or completely ignored Matt. But there was only one girl that realized the truth. Her name was Maria. She actually had conversations with him. Often times, Matt and Maria would go on adventures together. Maria even tried to explain to other people that he was a good person. No one listened to her at all. The author created the image that Matt was actually a normal human. But in the story, people have opposite conclusions.
But gradually, things began to change. By the middle/end of the story, Matt was in a situation where he was trapped in a pit with some “friends”. Matt somehow found a way to get himself out of the pit and then rescue the other kids. This was the first time that he was acknowledged for something that he did right. The other kids were very amazed and thought of him as a hero. Soon enough, the word spread that Matt was a nice boy. Everyone in El Patron’s house forgave him for how they treated him. Matt was finally able to interact with other people and be part of the real world. He had many conversations with adults/strangers and they couldn’t even tell that he was a clone. Matt was able to become a strong character because of how people thought him throughout the story.
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