Los Tigres Del Norte Analysis

Words: 397
Pages: 2

“Los Tigres Del Norte” (The Tigers From The North) are an iconic Mexican band, whose name was inspired by an immigration official, in 1968. They released “La Jaula de Oro,” (The Cage of Gold) a song, in 1984, during a time in the U.S where immigration laws were really harsh. The perfect time for Enrique Franco (the writer) to release a song referring to the problems brought to Mexican dads (Undocumented) by living in the U.S. The song begins with the lead singer explaining his legal status, and how living in the United States affected his children. Then he states his fears and constraints, living in the U.S. Describing the struggles of an undocumented dad (in the U.S), he reveals the importance of having a better legalization process in the …show more content…
Specifically, Enrique's choice of instruments, like the accordion, in order to gain the Mexican audience's attention and trust, so they consider the intention of the song. For example, if the band would have used classical music as the background, the Mexican communitiy would have treated the song as a joke, instead of a respected song. At the end, he sings "aunque la jaula sea de oro, no deja ser prision"(Although the cage is golden, it does not stop being a prison), criticizing the United States and the people who believe living in the U.S is easy. He uses the word "although", at the beginning of the quote, because it is a common misconception, in Mexico, that living in the in the United States means that life is easy, so by using "although" he clears up the misconception. Then he describes the U.S as a cage, but not a regular cage. He describes it as a golden cage to show that the U.S does offer a lot of opportunity, but also chose to compare it to a cage because the U.S acts as prison to those who can't go outside of the country, using the word "prison" to show how terrible it is to not being able to see one's family, nor show everyone (family and friends) how far one has