When we think about society, there is often a stark contrast between the controversy projected in

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When we think about society, there is often a stark contrast between the controversy projected in the media that our society faces, and the mellow, safe view we have of our own smaller, more tangible, ‘local’ society. This leads us to believe that our way of life is protected, and our rights secured by that concept of society that has been fabricated and built upon. However, what if society were not what we perceive it to be, and the government chose to exercise its power in an oppressive manner? As a society we would like to think that we are above such cruelty, yet as The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera by J. Joaquin Fraxedas recounts the state of Cuba in the 1990’s, we must also remember that all societies and governments view the…show more content…
Juan vividly recalled the image of “the red and white splatter as a bullet smashed into Andres’s skull, scattering pieces of his brain on the water.” (Fraxedas 23). Andres lost his life doing something that could be perceived in numerous different ways. The severity of breaking the statuesque is primarily a matter of perception, and as seen in this book, the government often determines the perspective that its society sees and is exposed to. As the story progresses, the examples of risks change from those of the society rejected, to those that an individual faces when they do not belong to a society at all. There is safety in numbers and power in a group. Juan and Raul braved the fierce weather conditions without any protection that a vessel made by a larger group would offer, food that society could provide had to be left far behind, and yet, worst of all, after living the last few days of his life in these hellish conditions, Raul fell victim to the most primitive risk of all. It is almost like Raul knew it was going to happen, as if his demise was inevitable. At one point he voiced his concerns to Juan, uttering “I felt like I was never going to see land again.” (Fraxedas 51). Death by nature is not something that is considered to be a major risk from within the well-structured walls of safety that a society provides, and yet the absence of medical facilities, modern weapons, protection, or communication can pose a major risk
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