An Analysis on Enrique’s Journey


Enrique’s Journey, a book full of frightening adventures, where many events tragically occurring that really shocks giving us a better perspective on what these people have to go through many horrifying events and clarifies that it will not be easy to make it, with all these people needing strength, courage, the will and power to make it to “paradise,” meaning the United States. Nazario strongly appeals to pathos in a way that she is trying to catch the attention of U.S. citizens, especially the Border Patrol Agents in order to make them understand the struggles that immigrant go through. It shows how Nazario really understood what those immigrants were going through. This is one book you will have to read until the end to understand how Nazario organizes the events, tragedies happening by explaining how she got all the information to form this amazing book.

      Nazario, throughout the book gives an understanding on how immigrants, trying to reach the United States, were having the roughest time of their lives. Statistics are explained well by her in a way that surely this would get the attention of many Border Patrol Agents. Eventually, Nazario wanted this book to make it nationwide for sure catching the attention of governments and of course the U.S. president, maybe the author did this to help the immigrants in a way by telling the president that most people traveling hundreds of miles suffer a lot because they truly want a better future. She states “These buses make as many as eight runs a day, deporting more than 100,000 unhappy passengers every year.” (Nazario, E.J. 50)  Nazario stated this for the agents in the way to maybe make them feel resentment and make them realize that it is harsh situation being sent back to a place where they have traveled for hundreds and thousands of miles after all the sacrifice being made throughout the journey. In pages 50 and 51 Nazario inputs words that are strongly used for the agents to reflect on what these immigrants go through.

      Nazario can say that she helped immigrants by stating all these facts and informing many citizens who have read the book in a way that maybe changed on what they think about immigrants and that most come for a better future. The audience she was trying to reach was government of states, maybe to stop implying laws that are just ridiculous. She states, “He nearly succeeded. It took him more than five days. He crossed 1,564 miles. He reached the Rio Grande and actually saw the United States. He was eating alone near some railroad tracks when migra agents grabbed him.” Just by seeing the distance that Enrique traveled, it shows how much he has suffered in a way that being alone in Mexico, where there are a lot of delinquents throughout the country, was the struggle of his life. He tried a numerous of times crossing the border and when he finally obtained getting to the U.S. land, I think it was more than fair after all his tries. The government should see on how these immigrants are being affected by not letting them have a better future, and instead send them back home, keep them in jail like delinquents. This is unfair because many citizens of America have many privileges and do not take advantage of them, while in the other hand I know most of these immigrants would take twice the advantage of all this and maybe make the United States better.

      Sonia’s story is appealing more to pathos, the reason this being said is that it emotionally attracts you as soon as you start reading it. This story makes you feel resentment by how Sonia has all this details explained and goes deep in every single sentence. In page 51-52, Sonia says “Another time, he had gone two days without water. His throat felt as if he was swelling shut. There were no houses in sight. He found a small cattle through. It was frothy with cow spit. Under the froth were green algae. Beneath the algae was stagnant, yellow water. He brought handfuls to his parched lips. He was so thirsty it tasted wonderful.” (Nazario, E.J. 51, 52) These words are very strong of what Enrique went through, and how hard it was to survive while on his journey to the U.S.

      Sonia also appeals to Logos in the way of having statistics. Throughout the book, Nazario gives statistics of the events that happen throughout the journey, for example the one that says that there eight buses full of people and that nearly 100 thousand immigrants being deported a year. One awful statistic could be, “A World Bank study in 2000 found that 42.5 percent of Mexico’s 100 million people live on $2 or less a day.” (Nazario, E.J. 105)  This is just one of the many statistics of the book that why we can appeal to Logos.

      At last, Sonia also appeals to Ethos in the way that by the look of her name she is Argentine and can relate to these immigrants and this is maybe why she made Enrique’s Journey very interesting. The best way to explain it is by the prologue, where she writes a story about the maid, Maria Del Carmen Ferrez, where this woman suffered like Enrique’s mom. She left kids back on Central America and also repents for doing it. “Carmen dries her tears and explains. Her husband left her for another woman. She worked hard but didn’t earn enough to feed four children.”  This relates to ethos because Nazario can relate to her in many ways. This is how she explains the making of her book.

      In the end, Sonia’s book was a complete success. She really gives a better understanding on what events and tragedies really occur to those taking the dangerous trip to where it would be paradise for them, the U.S. Sonia emotionally, statistically, and characteristically really opened the Governments eyes and make them see that we are all people in this world and we all deserve a chance on trying to have a better future.

                                      Work cited

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey. New York: 2002. Print.


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