Coming Into Language By Jimmy Santiago Baca Essay

1122 Words Oct 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Tommy Hilfiger once said “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive, and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” (Tommy). The essay, Coming into Language, was written by Jimmy Santiago Baca, an American writer of many works. Baca started off as an illiterate Hispanic child, which stayed with him through his teen years. Since he was illiterate, he always felt vulnerable in the world. He had plenty of terrible experiences in his life, but there was only one that inadvertently helped his future. In Baca’s late teen years, he went to prison, and in there he found a love for literacy. This molded him into the well-known author he is today. Through the usage of pathos, Baca was able to effectively portray how literacy can free and strengthen one from the outside factors that attempts to trap them in life.
Baca uses an abundant amount of similes throughout his essay to trigger the emotions of his intended audience. For example, he uses a simile to compare himself to an object so that the reader can have a clear understanding. One simile in particular that he uses is “Most of my life I felt like a target in the crosshairs of a hunter’s rifle” (Baca 4). If something is in the crosshairs of a hunter’s rifle most likely it is going to get shot soon, if not then. In this quote by Baca he wants one to feel his pain and sadness. He felt very vulnerable in life because he did not know how to read or write, and society would argue to be…

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