Devil Highway Essay

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The Devil’s Highway
By Luis Alberto Urrea

The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea traces the journeys of twenty-six men traveling across the border through one of the most treacherous deserts known to man “The Devil’s Highway.” The author’s purpose was to let the world be aware of the events going on all around, with the simple modes of persuasion (pathos, ethos, and logos) Urrea makes you consider what worlds, political and economic, have we created that push humans into impossible journeys? What borders have we imposed, both geopolitical and cultural, that separate human beings so completely?
The author’s narrative, ripe with horrifying descriptions, is nonetheless told with compassion appealing to the emotions of the audience
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Ever since the character "Don Moi" was introduced in Urrea's "The Devil's Highway," he was conveyed as a person of trust to the people paying him to take them across the border. He would make his "connections" and let the immigrants think they were in a safe situation. This just proves an "ethos" style in that it was in his character to abandon. He would get them so far, and then leave them there to either get caught or die. He had no intentions on keeping the traveler’s safe, and no morals on keeping them alive. He had their money, and that's all that mattered. The cruelty put on the immigrants by both their own, and the border patrol, from the distinction in Urrea's voice throughout the readings. The descriptions used in “The Devil’s Highway”, which are sometimes so vivid and dramatic that reader is left wondering whether he may have been a walker in a past life, leave few details missing.
The logos used in this book are through politics. Urrea makes clear that it’s Mexico's blame for putting people on the "devil's highway" through corruption and dense politics. But he also shows how misguided the United States policy has been. The author describes the conditions and historic events that lead to the beginning of the illegal immigration into the United States and draws a clear parallelism with our times, when there are several tasks in the United States that Americans are
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