A Brief Note On Enrique 's Journey, By Sonia Nazario Essay
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“If you move, I’ll kill you. I’ll break you in two” (Nazario 87). Enrique’s Journey, a nonfiction book by Sonia Nazario, painstakingly follows the trek of a young teenage boy’s treacherous journey to the United States from Honduras. At the tender age of five, a horrified and confused Enrique watched his mother Lourdes walk away from him and onto El Norte, The North. Eleven years later Sonia Nazario, a project reporter for the Los Angeles Times, traces each bitter step of Enrique’s gruesome and long expedition to reunite with his estranged mother. A novel for the ages, Enrique 's Journey allows for insight into the plight of millions of individuals that cross the border illegally due to life circumstances. This fast paced novel and this critical analysis paper depict and explain a problematic and undeniable issue polarizing the Western world: illegal immigration.
Enrique, a seventeen-year-old boy, was on a nearly infeasible mission. Lourdes, Enrique’s mother, had left eleven years prior for the United States to work. Lourdes, Enrique’s mother, had left eleven years prior for the United States to work. However, she failed to realize that this decision would cause deep distress and resentment in the hearts of her two young children. Month after month, year after year, Enrique heard his mother’s empty promises to return home soon without any fulfillment of these promises. Unfortunately, similar to many young boys who grow up without a present mother, Enrique turned to the