Distance Between Us Essay

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The Distance Between Us Essay In the memoir, “The Distance Between Us,” by Reyna Grande, Reyna explains how her and her three siblings managed to grow up without any parents. Mago, Carlos, Reyna and their new sister, Betty, all live a rough life without any real type of love from their parents so they have to rely on each other for guidance and support. The four Grande children formed a special bond over the years that they will not leave anyone behind. Each character in the memoir contributes significant personality traits that help the others cope with their current situation. First, one of the oldest Grande child, Mago, who is caring, courageous, develops leadership amongst everyone and is capable of being a good mother at such…show more content…
When he got sick trying to protect their land, his Abuelita asked to take him home but refused and answered, “no, no, no. I want to help Mami with her dream house” (128). Carlos had wanted to prove to his mother that he wants her to stay badly, even if it could cost him his life. The second to youngest of the Grande children, Reyna, who is much more of a supportive friend than is a sister, would always boost everyone’s confidence in the memoir. Therefore, it gives confidence to everyone in order to succeed. Reyna was always the most baby in the memoir but Mago changed that and taught her how to be brave in the time of need. Reyna looks up to Mago the most because Mago is the only one who notices what she does. Carlos supports Reyna, but he’s also going on away trips to find a decent father role model. Mago once told Reyna that, “it doesn’t matter that there’s a distance between us now. That cord is there forever” (21). Mago wasn’t Reyna’s real mom; she tried her best to be the best she could be for not only Reyna but for Carlos and Betty too. Last, the youngest of the Grande children, Betty. She is not portrayed a lot in the memoir but she was most close to Mago since she took care of her when their mom left. Although, Mago didn’t like it at first throughout the memoir because when her mom, “handed Mago her little girl and told her to take care of her while and Abuelita Chinta
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