The Tortilla Curtain


T. Coraghessan Boyle

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Resurrección Character Analysis

Cándido’s first wife and América’s older sister. After seven years of Cándido spending most of each year working in the United States, Resurrección leaves him for an alcoholic man named Teófilo Aguadulce. By the time Cándido returns home and learns that his wife has left him, Resurrección is living in another town and is six months pregnant with Teófilo’s child. Ressurreccion’s pregnancy is particularly galling to Cándido since she never became pregnant during the seven years he was married to her.
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Resurrección Character Timeline in The Tortilla Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Resurrección appears in The Tortilla Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 4
Belonging and the American Dream Theme Icon
Violence Against Women Theme Icon
...his fist, but she leaves anyway. Cándido then begins to reminisce about his first wife, Resurrección, América’s older sister. (full context)
Fate, Luck, and Egotism Theme Icon
Cándido married Resurrección when he was twenty years old, just after his return to Tepoztlán from nine months... (full context)
Belonging and the American Dream Theme Icon
Cándido travelled to Cuernavaca, where Resurrección was living, and publicly confronted Teófilo Aguadulce, who left Cándido “stunned and bleeding in the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2
Fate, Luck, and Egotism Theme Icon Topanga Canyon, “turning the horror over in his mind.” He then went home to Resurrección, his wife at the time. (full context)