does it mean to be free? For Fatima, freedom is what awaits her in America. The
only problem? When she gets to New York, she finds that not everyone is pulling
out the welcome wagon. Mik hears about new laws being passed about informants
and police dealing with illegal immigrants—and while she's initially
indifferent to the news, before long, she's downright angry. She wants Fatima
to stay in America and hates that her friend's freedom is threatened.
<em>The Orange Houses </em>asks us to think about what it means for
characters to be free, and ultimately, what that freedom is worth, and what
cost is comes at.
Questions About Freedom and Confinement
When do you think Mik starts caring about the immigration laws she hears about on television? Do you think it's fair that Fatima gets deported?
does freedom mean to Fatima? What does her reaction in the detention center tell
us about how she views her freedom?
the Statue of Libertyso important to Fatima? What's significant
about the mural the girls paint of the famous landmark?
Chew on This
Fatima, freedom is limited since she is in the country illegally. She does not
get upset when her freedom is taken away from her, because she knows that she was
trapped in America to begin with.
the characters really find freedom in <em>The
Orange Houses</em>. They are all trapped in one way or another, but
not all of them realize it.