The theme of the book, The House of the Scorpion, is: No matter how diverse a person is, they should contain loyalty, compromise, friendship and sacrifice. The theme of the book is not the same as the moral; the theme is a ‘Universal Truth’ that the author is trying to communicate. The book will not just say on a page, the theme is Friendship. You must read through the book and decide what the author, Nancy Farmer in this case, was trying to communicate through her writing. Throughout the book, Matt has learned about these topics. Matt learned that he must let go (sacrifice) the things he loves, even though it may be hard, the outcome will be good (page 371). Maria had a way of helping Matt understand these things without directly teaching them. Even though Matt was a filthy animal (a clone) she knew that the friendship they had was very important. She also decided to stay loyal to the friendship her and Matt had after Furball had passed away, even though she was very mad at Matt. What Matt had to learn from loyalty was to put aside differences he had with people who loved him and stay true to their relationship. This can be very hard, but it is an important skill to have in life. When Matt found out about Esperanza, Maria's mom, he knew that she didn't like El Patrón or Opium. Matt had to compromise his wealth and power of the country, Opium, to do the right thing (page 368). This 'thing' would make many people happy and is the best example of compromise in the book. The theme of the book doesn't only apply to the book. No matter how diverse a person is, they should contain loyalty, compromise, friendship and sacrifice. This statement applies to our lives too; these are things that every person should have skills at. When Matt had learned these skills, he was the image of a good person.