The Distance Between Us, By Reyna Grande

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An Appeal to the Emotions

In the early 1980’s, a group of young siblings living in poverty tell an important story of the immigrant experience. Reyna Grande’s, The Distance Between Us, is a memoir written with the recurring appeal to the reader’s pathos. Grande uses the rhetorical strategy to keep the reader’s interest and to help them make more connections to the story. Grande’s use of pathos helps to show not only the importance of understanding the immigrant experience, but the importance of following your dreams.

For example, the first chapters of the memoir are predominately about Grande and her siblings’ experience living with their Abuelita Evila in Mexico. Numerous times throughout these stories, the children were grieving and felt abandoned by their parents, and their grandmother held great resentment towards them. A consequence of this was the siblings losing a part of their childhood, and forced to become adults at a young age. When looking at these accounts, it is important to view this story through the lens of American culture. Grande details her living situations, a house with no running water, scorpions in the room, and only a mattress to share amongst the three siblings. This was in the 1980’s, and in the United States, houses without basic amenities were mostly unheard of. This enforces the appeal to the audience’s pathos and aids them to understand why some people are so willing the make the journey to the United States. (Grande 14, 61)

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