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“The American dream” is a decades’ long fantasy and aspiration for many people of various backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. The lust for the white picket fence and Broadway lights is emphasized in “Enrique’s Journey” by a less fortunate upbringing/background. Stone huts and a lack of bathroom is shrouded by the thoughts of glamorous movies stars, theme parks, and a beautiful home to come to for many immigrants. “Enrique’s Journey” magnifies the estranged beliefs of the American lifestyle and exemplifies how it affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people that risk everything for the betterment of family through engaging the reader with a story that is not unlike many people that dare to make the journey.
As children in Honduras, Enrique and Belky lived through the aging troubles of poverty as well as separation from their mother, Lourdes. The village children all envied Enrique and Belky due to the money, toys, and shoes that their mother was able to mail them from time to time. Through this narrated sense of jealousy, the theme of lifestyle misrepresentation was reintroduced into the novel. Enrique and Belky relished what their mother was able to send them, but it had yet to fill a void for them which later is taken as foreshadowing; once Enrique was able to find his mother his resentment veiled his yearning for her; the idea that nothing Lourdes could ever do could or give to her children could heal their heartache.
The results that arise from the misrepresentation cause grief and loneliness for many immigrants. As a mother, Lourdes’ mission was to find work to create a better world for her children, to hopefully cease the perpetuating cycle of under educated men and women in her country by a tiny fraction. As a human being, she wanted to build a life for herself that she could be proud of. Lourdes took the only option she knew could alter her life and risked the journey to America; the journey that she grew up believing was worth it because of the distortion. The idealism of America is a deciding factor for immigrants to travel yet consequently is also what can break them in the end; immigrants jeopardize their lives with this journey due to their fantasies, but end up setting high expectations which result in disappointment. Coming to new land is frightening beyond most people’s realization, yet many immigrants come to America and find that it’s not only a new land, but a new world to them as well, it is a land that was misrepresented and poorly depicted.
“The American dream” can be, at some degree, accurate. You could become that lucky few that stands on a stage where countless others have stood and shown their talents, created a business that advances and improves the lives of thousands across the world, or simply (but not to be undervalued) created a family. These are the dreams that millions of immigrants over years have come searching for yet were given the shorthand. This desire for a better life is what drives immigrants yet this passion is what
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