Enrique’s Journey Analysis


In the book Enrique’s Journey the author Sonia Nazario uses the story of a young boy and tons of facts collected through her research in Central America to depict what the journey from Central America to the U.S. is like. Many people overlook the journey Central Americans take and the dangers they face getting to the U.S. That is why I believe she wrote this book to inform people about their journey while entertaining them with an enticing story of a young boy’s venture into the states. This book tends to hang on the side of pathos because the book itself is a story of the hardships a young child faces crossing the border; while this may be the case several informative facts are given to the reader adding lots of information due to this I believe it is half logos and half pathos.

I believe that Sonia Nazario is trying to reach the white population that mostly overlook or don’t care about the journey immigrants take from Central America to the states and the conditions that they face. Most white citizens just jump to the conclusion that they shouldn’t be here, but after reading this book and seeing what they go through they might change their mind about the matter. The author is constantly giving detailed descriptions and statistics of the conditions Central Americans face. She gives you the good and the bad effects of immigration not only for the U.S. but for the country the immigrants are leaving. She doesn’t try to take one side or convince you that immigration is good or bad but shows you both and lets you make the decision for yourself. You can see this on pages 253-257 when Sonia talks about how immigrants use more government services and pay fewer taxes than anyone else; she offsets this negative information however by letting you know that immigrants mostly do the jobs that no one else would ever want to do (Nazario.)

I believe the purpose of this book is to inform people about the hardships that some people will go through to reach America. To some extent I think Nazario wrote this book to change the opinion most whites have about immigrants, there not here to take our jobs and money but there here to survive and make a better life for themselves. Another purpose of this book is to show people just how lucky they are to already live in America and in the end I believe it should make the reader thankful that they are already here and have what so many people risk their lives trying to get.

The author uses all of the Aristotelian appeals but the main one used is pathos because the story itself is a about the hardships a boy faces as he travels to America. The book appeals greatly to the emotional response of the reader, as you read the book you really hope the boy makes it, the odds are against him and you really hope that he beats them. These reasons are why I put pathos first, but another major contribution to the book is the facts the author provides throughout the book. This adds detail and allows the reader to fully understand just how dangerous Enrique’s journey to America is. This is why I have logos second, without knowing the information and statistics provided in the book we might not take his journey so seriously we might overlook the dangers and fact the he could die at any moment during his travel.

Sonia Nazario does a very good job at reaching her audience to inform them about the dangers that Central Americans face to reach America. She provides the basis of her book from pathos by grabbing the reader’s attention with an emotional story of a young boy traveling to the U.S. to reach his mother. Then she backs up her story with logos by providing survival statistics and much more information about the journey that Central Americans take. This information makes sure the reader knows just how dangerous the journey is and if anyone makes it they are very lucky to be alive. With the combination of pathos and logos Sonia Nazario creates a novel that once readers finish should make them realize just how lucky they are to have what so many risk their lives trying to get.

Works Cited

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey. New York: Random House, inc, 2007.


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