Could Maria’s family have died in a car crash? Could it have been her fault and all because an act of pride? In Gary Soto’s “Growing Up”, Maria acts in pride. A prideful person is someone who wants spend time with the family who she loves but won’t because she wants to be older than she is. Someone like Maria.
Therefore, Tony’s perseverance changed his family’s life which made their family’s living better. In the book Enrique 's journey, Enrique’s family lived in poverty where they had no
In the novel, “Enrique’s Journey,” by Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s journey will be worth it because, throughout the whole journey, Enrique knows that seeing his mother is the best thing he will ever receive. In the novel, “Enrique’s Journey,” when Maria Isabel begged Enrique to stay with her, the author expresses how much Enrique needs his mother. The author describes, “Only his mother can help him. She is his salvation.” (Pg.42)
The book I am reading is Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. I predict that the author will explore the human rights issue of Immigration Laws and the plight of illegal aliens in the United States. I believe that this issue will be important in the story because Enrique the main character in the story is very driven to find his mother who has gone herself illegally to the United States to earn money to provide an education for her children and to better the life of her family. I made this prediction because Lourdes leaves her children in Honduras as she goes to make money in the United States and her son Enrique is left saying “Donde esta mi mami?” “Where is my mom?”
Enrique’s Journey talks about the struggles of a teenaged boy named Enrique and his family in Honduras. The boy takes a dangerous journey to America in order to see his mother again. She left to find work in the United States when he was just five. She knew her children would not be able to attend school past the third grade. She does not want them to grow up as she did, in poverty.
Enrique’s journey through the deadliest of stations were penthouses to the most dangerous criminals in the country. Murderers, gangsters and bandits are labeled criminals whose actions violated the moral code of society; however, interpretation of morality lies in the hands of people in power. Enrique got severe injuries from bandits and organized criminals during his on and off flight on the train. These criminals freely tortured illegal immigrants as result
In A Summer Life by Gary Soto, the reader is taken on a journey through Soto’s childhood. The story starts when Soto is at age four and continues on until he is a mature seventeen year old. The impressive way in which Gary Soto writes this story provides the reader with enough details that they feel like they know Gary personally. That is especially true about the last chapter, “The River”. The symbolism and literary devices used in this chapter make it the best chapter of the story.
The novel reads, “ He’ll go back to Honduras when she is six, even if it is for a brief visit, and he has to make his way back illegally “(Nozario). Enrique seems determined to be apart of his daughter’s life, regardless him leaving her and her mother. The only problem Enrique is facing is how he will get back to Honduras because he will have to go through the same obstacles, but will have to go back and forth, giving him an uncertainty of making it. Although he went through the hardship of getting to America, Enrique is eager to still help and send money or to even eventually bring his family to the United
In Sonia Nazario’s nonfiction novel Enrique’s Journey she states that “Enrique has made several attempts to leave” and has failed six times(Nazario 50). The journey is tough and has many obstacles. He tried many different routes but all failed. His freedom also requires him to give up his family and friends. His attempts also made him realize the amazingly hard task gaining his freedom is.
In chapter two of the book Enrique’s Journey, Enrique has made a total of seven attempts trying to cross the borders. In the first attempt, la migra caught Enrique and his friend, Jose del Carmen Bustamante, while they were riding the train from Honduras and to Veracruz in Central Mexico. They got sent back to Guatemala on El Bus de Lagrimas, the Bus of Tears. In the second attempt, Enrique traveled alone and got caught by the police. They, once again, put him on the bus and sent him back to Guatemala.
At this time Enrique has to make a decision. Enrique wants to change his life for the better and the sake of his own family. Then again, Enrique has responsibilities waiting for him back home. Enrique has only two choices but must choose one that will change his life forever. His mother and his family, Maria Isabel and Jasmin“If he doesn 't change he will repeat his mother 's mistake time will slip by, and jasmine will grow up without him.
However, she never came back for him and eventually she stopped calling. He was not doing well. He was plagued by a drug addiction and was losing the people that loved and cared for him. His uncle tried to do everything he could to help Enrique. Unfortunately, the uncle was robbed and murdered.
Sonia Nazario mentions in her book Enriques's Journey page xxiv "Children go to school in threadbare uniforms, often unable to afford pencil or paper or buy a decent lunch. " In this quote, she tries to acquaint the reader some of the issues that Latin American people face in their countries like lack of money and hunger. Accumulated to those subjects, I would like to add the job shortage and politic problems. Some of these situations are the cause of increased poverty in Latin American countries.
Final reflection on the common reader “Enrique’s Journey” Through all the hardships of living in a poor country where just putting food on the table is a challenge. Seeing the media overinflate how great it is to live a country like the United States would feel like a pipe dream. Coming from a country full of corruption and powerful gangs governments that does not seem to care and payed off police to look the other way. The poem by Emma Lazarus has a deep connection to the hardships Enrique had to endure.