Individual Post on the Theme of The House of the Scorpion
I think the main theme of The House of the Scorpion is that no matter
what others think they cannot tell you your self worth. I believe this is the
theme because throughout the novel Matt is told he is a beast and does not
belong in this world. (“This does not belong here!” the priest thundered.
Farmer 152). Matt is not the only character in this situation, throughout the
novel people also try to manipulate Maria into changing however she stubbornly
clung onto what she believed and throughout the book her fight for what is
right only became harder as she and Matt discovered more secrets about Opium.
Evidence of this is when he sees the eejit dead in the field and learns the
truth about how opium is grown and harvested. I believe Tam Lin is put in a
similar situation as throughout the novel he struggles with a weighty conscious
and others may not tell him what he can and can’t do he was always under a moral
struggle (“No, I’m talking about moral
consequences.” Farmer 244). I also think the main theme develops throughout the
book just as the protagonist and round characters do. For example when Matt
goes to the orphanage he is thrilled to actually be treated like a human by
everyone and even though he is there for a short time he developed a lot in
those few chapters really illustrating the point that when the weight of being
judged harshly from all sides is lifted it truly helped the characters change.
Matt was not the only one that when through major changes in the last few
chapters I think without constantly being judged by Mr. Alacran really helped
her gain confidence and find out what she truly wanted. I think a
sub-theme of the novel is that even if you are hated by most some one will look
past your imperfections and love you. I believe it is a sub-theme of the book
because almost everyone at the estate hates or ignores him however he is truly
loved by Celia, Maria and Tam Lin who help him face the cruelty of the life he
was given and give him hope and guidance throughout the novel.