Enriques Journey Essay

Words: 1661
Pages: 7

Michelle Tulej
Period: 2

The Boy and His Journey
Immigration is a very dangerous and risky journey. Everyday immigrants try so hard to make it to the United States. This journey involves parents trying to support kids back home, families trying to start over, or kids trying to get to their mom; but some do not make it through this hardship. Those individuals, who make it, try like never before to support themselves and the family they needed to leave behind. Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario is a well written novel that uses many pathos, logos, and ethos examples. Each one of them is used effectively because of the way students are persuaded in believing there true. Elements from the quotes can reveal that Sonia is knowledgeable and
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Nazario puts the facts in good detail for the readers to obtain more out of it. Ethos is effective because without it you would not have the background information on immigration or some of the major events that went on through Enrique’s life. Moreover, pathos is effective because parts of the book will bring out emotions of all kinds. Starting off, kids everyday are at the dump looking for anything they can find to eat. Resulting in, “Enrique knows children as young as six or seven whose single mothers have stayed at home and who have had to root through the waste in order to eat” (26). This quote shows that pathos is effective because reading about it brings emotion to people. People are sad to hear that young kids are already digging in trash where food could be bad. Also, just the fact that kids have to obtain their food this way because families do not have enough money is horrible. This results in feeling bad for them. Secondly, the gang gets to Enrique. As a result, “He grabs Enrique with both hands. Someone seizes him from behind. They slam him facedown” (53). This part in the book is hard to read therefore it is effective to pathos because people feel sad and bad for Enrique. They feel bad that Enrique has to go through this horrible moment. Everyday kids go through this just to make it to the United States. Some of these kids are like Enrique with a near death experience but