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Outpourings of Rage. A comparison between views about immigration in “Maria” by Rage Against the Machine and Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. What do you think builds an individual’s perspective on immigration?. Author Background. Sonia Nazario. Born in Argentina

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outpourings of rage

Outpourings of Rage

A comparison between views about immigration in “Maria” by Rage Against the Machine and Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

author background
Author Background

Sonia Nazario

  • Born in Argentina
  • Childhood spent in war time
  • Father born in Argentina to Syrian/Christian parents (Biochemistry Professor)
  • Mother born in Poland to Jewish parents
  • Family immigrated legally to the US in 1960

(Nazario xxiii)

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Author Background

Zach De La Rocha

  • Born in Long Beach, CA
  • Father Chicano (Painter)
  • Mother Puerto Rican (Anthropologist)
  • Faced discrimination for ethnic identity in MS and HS
  • Influenced by “The Sex Pistols” and “Bad Religion”

(ZDLR Network)

indications of perspective from maria
Indications of perspective from “Maria”

“Sold and shipped across tha new lineof Mason Dixon” (line 29)

Mason Dixon Line

  • Allusion to the Mason-Dixon line and US Civil War
  • Historical allusion, slaves were free on the north side of the line and enchained on the south side
  • Implication that current immigration conflict will be resolved over time and with great effort, like slavery
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Indications of perspective from “Maria”

North America Map, 1828

“These are her mountains and skies and she radiates. And through history’s rivers of bloodshe regenerates” (line 49)

  • Imagery demonstrates idea that this problem will never disappear
  • Possible allusion to the Mexican-American War
    • Large section of the US was Mexican territory
    • Border conflict is not new and many lives have already been lost
indications of perspective from enrique s journey
Indications of perspective from Enrique’s Journey

“Maria Isabel does not say goodbye to her daughter… She never tells her that she is going to the United States” (Nazario 240)

  • Irony of the choice Enrique and Maria Isabel make
  • “The worst thing about history is that every time it repeats itself, the price goes up”(Pillar)
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Indications of perspective from Enrique’s Journey

“Belky best answers Don Francisco’s question eight days later… she boards an airplane back to Honduras. Back to her son” (Nazario 267)

  • Wording displays author’s opinion
  • Statement implies that parents are making the wrong choice
so what s the difference
So What’s the Difference?

Tone

  • “Maria” has an angry tone
  • Enrique’s Journey is objective in tone
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So What’s the Difference?

Audience

  • Enrique’s Journey
    • originally published as articles in Los Angeles Times
    • read in high schools and universities
  • “Maria”
    • song by a rock band
    • appeals to youth
works cited
Works Cited

Cox, David W. "The Mason-Dixon Line per State Boundaries in 1784." Map. Cox Characters. 2006. Web. 22 Mar. 2010

Enrique's Journey Teacher's Guide. New York: Randomhouse. Print.

Nazario, Sonia. Jasmín and Her Mother María Isabel in Tegucigalpa in 2003. 2003. Photograph. Enriquesjourney.com. 2008. Web. 22 Mar. 2010.

"North America." Map. Historical Maps of North America. London, 1828. Alabama Maps. Web. 22 Mar. 2010.

Pillar. "History Quotes." FamousQuotes.com. Interlution, 2010. Web. 22 Mar. 2010.

"Zach De La Rocha Biography." Zach De La Rocha Network, 2003. Web. 12 Mar. 2010.