The House Of The Scorpion: An Analysis

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Nancy Farmer’s novel, The House of the Scorpion, had a lasting impact on me. I had read this novel quite a few years back when I was young but I honestly could not remember anything about it. After reading for the second time, I realize that I probably did not remember anything about it because many of the themes and events are quite complicated and I most likely did not understand them at the time. The story deals with the story of an outcast, a clone with only one purpose: to prolong the life of its original image. In the world that the novel is set in, clones and eejits alike are considered to be monsters and are generally shunned from the world. Eejits are used as slave labor, yet El Patron’s clones are given a normal life until they…show more content…
If cloning ever becomes possible, it will be humanity’s decision as to whether or not it is ethical to use them. Like every controversy today, there will never be total agreement. Eejits are another thing that I thought about. The concept of mindless persons used only for slave labor brought to mind the question: What makes a person a person? If a human has their intelligence artificially destroyed and then reprogrammed to only do specific tasks and nothing else, are they still a person, or are they a thing? I came to the conclusion that if it lives, it is a person no matter what their mental state is. Eejits are something that should never exist, but I would still consider an eejit a person and treat them as such. I would hope that humanity never lowers itself to the point where humans become drones when they do bad. It just seems to unethical to me even though I can see how they would be useful. This novel made me think about many aspects of human life. Not only did I ponder how we as a people treat each other and people that are different than us, but I pondered our future and how realistic this novel’s plot can be. I am incredibly glad that I decided to read this book again because I missed out on so much the first time I read
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