The Horrors Of Pathos In Enrique's Journey By Sonia Nazario

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The journey of immigrants is one that has become a controversial topic recently. It is a topic that is receiving mass amounts of media coverage lately in the United States. No other journalist has taken the extreme measures that Sonia Nazario has, in order for her to write Enrique’s Journey. Sonia Nazario reproduces the extensive journey taken by Enrique in order to reunite with his mother in the United States. Enrique, the protagonist of her novel, faces many difficulties over his 1,200-mile journey. Nazario’s reproduction of Enrique’s journey is taken to extremes that few other investigative journalists would consider. Nazario took her research so far as to follow Enrique closely during his time in Nuevo Laredo, as well as, completely recreating …show more content…
The heavy usage of pathos is beneficial in the sense that it provides accurate images of the horrors that illegal immigrants face daily. The horrors are readily apparent and are typically rather graphic. During one of the many side stories that Nazario includes she introduces, Carlos Roberto Díaz Osorto, who is a seventeen-year-old immigrant from Honduras. Carlos is traveling on a train that is colloquially known as “El Tren Devorador,” which means the train that devours in English (87). During his trip Carlos attempted to jump onto the train, but was unable to make it, causing Carlos to lose his left leg and right foot. This type of graphic detail is one that appears all too often throughout the novel and eventually leads to the desensitization of …show more content…
However, the statistics are present to offer a helping hand as Nazario attempts to build her case in favor of immigration. Sonia Nazario’s bias is derived from the story that her housekeeper told her as well as from her experience of living in Argentina. Her housekeeper, Carmen told her about how she had endured such a trip in order to provide a better life for her family and how her son, Minor eventually was compelled to trek North in search of his mother. Nazario became intrigued after hearing about the struggles faced by Minor on his journey to the United States. In Nazario hearing his story, she began laying the framework for her journalistic adventure of closely following

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