Perspectives on Immigration
Immigration in America has been a topic of intense debate through American history. Americans seem to always want to single “immigrants” out as being a bad guy per say, and the border patrol as good guys. Is it really fair to make that judgment based just on history? I sure do not think so. There’s more to immigrants then there history, there’s a reason why they come to America and it is not always intended for evil. Believe it or not, after reading The Devils Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, immigrants are the good guys just asking for another chance at life. While the Border Patrol Officers are just wearing that uniform and taking advantage of it. Not coming to an agreement, Luis Alberto Urrea’s nonfiction novel would actually enrich the debate on illegal immigration due to the reasoning’s Urrea gives us on these walkers wanting to come to America.
In the beginning of the novel, Urrea gives us background knowledge on the Devils Highway, the illegal immigrants crossing the border, and information on the Border Patrol Officers. Immigrants not having any income at all, they need to survive as well. In Mexico it was very hard to get a job, with that being said, woman with children, men with children, families in this case needed to survive. “Prices kept raising, and all families, mestizos, and Indian, Mexican and illegal, Protestant, Catholic, or heathen were able to afford less and less. Food was harder to come by. Families continued to grow” (44). These Mexicans needed money to survive; they needed better opportunities that Mexico was not offering them. Coming to America was their only choice. Not coming legally, these walkers took a chance at life down the “dangerous border”(8). It was a chance worth taking. “Good guys”, these immigrants were trying to better there future no matter what it took. Why couldn’t the Border Patrol accept that? The Devils Highway was a road leading to a rude awakening, wasn’t that bad enough.
...infamous highway which was an interchange route for the urban city dwellers of Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia) to Genting Highlands; as the highway or expressway links the city to the town of Karak in Pahang.
The highway was built in the 1970s; originally intended as an alternative route from Gombak to Bentong in Pahang; using the Federal route.
The costs of the construction was rather high and tolls were then implemented to help to cover for the costs of the highway.
The Karak highway was notoriously known for its many haunting stories, told by the many eyewitnesses who drove on the highway.
There were just so many stories which emerged; and so many had been heard.
The highway garnered much attention due to the high number of accidents which took place on the highway, thus giving way to the rumors about the origin of the highway location and also the road being haunted.
There were a few rumored sources as to the reason for the hauntings on the infamous expressway:
1. The grounds on which Karak highway was built upon was said to be the burial grounds for the aborigines (also known as Orang Asli in Malay) or the settlement of the aborigines.
2. The number of accidents happening here since its establishment
The notorious reputation for which Karak was known seemed to turn it into a fearful area for motorists...
...Why I want to write about highway safety.
Late December, 2012 I was driving my boyfriend and his friends, they were intoxicated. My boyfriend and his friends wanted me to drink too but I decided not to because I was having a bad feeling that if I did we would have to drive somewhere and might wreck because of being intoxicated, or might be thrown in, because I am underage. Sure enough Kenny Murr wanted to drive to his house to go after some clothes and his cell phone. So with me being the only one sober, I took Jaron's keys and wouldn't give the keys back, because he was trying to drive. So Gary convince Jaron to let me drive since everyone was drunk. So we was driving to Queens Ville and sure enough when we came to the T, there was a check point. So they stopped us and asked us if anyone was drinking and if we had any drugs or alcohol in the vehicle and we told the officer that only Jaron was drinking and there was no drugs and no alcohol in the vehicle. The officer had asked us what we was all doing out so late, because it was about two in the morning, so we told the officer that we had to take Kenny home. After the officer was satisfied with the answer he asked us they could get a picture of us all buckled up and sober (with the exception of Jaron). We agreed, another officer took our picture and asked us our t-shirt size. The officer hollered our sizes out to the other officer and another officer came running towards us with four shirts. The first...
The Review of ‘The DevilsHighway’ by Luis Alberto Urrea
The author of the book ‘The DevilsHighway’ is Luis Alberto Urrea. He was born in Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother. Urrea attended University of California and graduated with a degree in writing. He also did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado. After his studies, he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard University. He has as well taught at the Massachusetts Bay Community College and the University of Colorado. He is a writer who has won many awards and published a total of 13 books. He applies his dual-culture life experiences to telling stories both from his Mexican and American backgrounds.
His book ‘The DevilsHighway’ is a non-fiction account of immigrants from Mexico who get lost in the desert of Arizona. Three years after this happened, Luis, wrote their story. The result was an award winning book, “The DevilsHighway”. He won the Pulitzer Prize finalist, a “book of the year”. His years of experience as a teacher of literature and writing gave him mileage in his writing experience. He won his first award in 1994, the Colorado Book Award in poetry. He has written all genres, ranging from poetry, short stories, novels, memoirs, non-fictions and interviews (Urrea, 2014).
When he is writing ‘The Devil's...
..."The greatest trick the devil pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist"
"The spirit that I have seen may be a Devil, and the Devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape [ ] as he is very potent with such spirits, abuses me to damn me" (William Shakespeare). The Devil has been a theme in writings for decades; authors have played with the symbolism of the Devil in their characters to add depth to their writing. Joyce Carol Oates, an accredited short story writer, has received numerous awards for her works. Her writing style is captivating; grabbing the reader's undying attention as they enter her world; a world including violence, rape, murder, and the good ol' Devil in disguise. In her writing, the appearance of the Devil plays a very important role in the telling of her works.
The bible tells the tale of the Devil as being an Angel that went his separate way and was exiled by God for his immorality. He is characterized as a supernatural being able to take any shape or form. He has strong powers of deception and uses them to tempt his victims. He is a sinful creature who longs for lust and will steal, kill, and destroy for pride. He is the fountain of evil and the source of all sins.
Heat, a short story by Oates, tells of twin girls, essentially the same in every aspect almost as if they were one person, getting murdered by a boy...
...Deals with the Devil
The Devil is portrayed in many ways and throughout many different types of literature, movies, and music. The most iconic image of the devil is a red beast with horns, a pointed tail, and a pitchfork in his hand. This famous image depicts an evil monster that is in the depths of hell where he rules over the other evil beings of the world. This is only one image of many that you can find in a vast amount of literature and media both past and present. In The Devil and Tom Walker, the devil is described as a black woodsman, human in form but with red eyes. Similarly in The Devil and Daniel Webster, the Devil is described as a “dark-dressed stranger,” who is soft spoken but has an evil smile. In these descriptions you still get a sense of evil from the Devil but he is in human form. So what or who is the Devil? From early stories in Christianity, Lucifer commonly known as Satan or the Devil is originally an archangel created in the image of God. He is the highest form of an angel, but challenges God and is cast down to rule the pits of hell. Can someone created in the image of God as Christianity suggests be a dark stranger or a red beast? The Devil can be depicted in many ways, but what the Devil really represents is the existence greed and moral corruptness in...
The Devil Between the Lines
I am weary in writing this essay. The subject matter about which I will be writing has always caused me discomfort for I believe that God exists therefore I believe in the concept of opposition in all things. As is the case I will be approaching this subject with a smidgen of caution; I do not wish to have nightmares for writing an essay this troublesome, and yet this subject fascinates me. Why do we write stories about this elusive prince of darkness? Why have so many movies, plays, songs, poems, and books been written about the subject of the Devil?
The subject of the unknown can terrify more than the known. When a solider kills another person for the first time it can be the hardest thing that person has done in his or her life, but with each killing it gets easier. When we talk about the Devil we know so little and so much can be interpreted differently about this character that he is often the subject of many a story. In Young Goodman Brown he is an enigmatic figure who seems to have an air about him as if he is someone who knows the ways of the world. In the ABC television series Lost he is the twin brother of the new God, Jacob, who wants to leave the island and possibly take advantage of the ill-natured mankind. In many stories he is a character who wants to make a deal with a mortal in exchange for the mortal’s soul; this motif takes place in Damn Yankees, Faust, and even...
The Devil in Disguise
In the short story “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, the use of the symbolism of Connie’s clothes, her fascination with her beauty, Arnold Friend’s car and Arnold Friend himself help to understand the story’s theme of evil and manipulation. The story, peppered with underlying tones of evil, finds Oates writing about 15-year-old Connie, a pretty girl who is a little too into her own attractiveness, which eventually gets her into trouble with a man named Arnold Friend. The story is full with symbolism, from the way Connie dresses to the shoes on Arnold Friend’s feet. The clever hint of symbolism throughout the story creates an exciting tale that draws the reader in. In an article by Shmoop, Oats wrote this story based on a true story from life magazine. The article was about an older man who preyed on adolescent girls, like Arnold in this story (Shmoop). This world is what she thinks she wants, until the day a shiny golden convertible pulls into her driveway and the evil, mysterious Arnold Friend emerges.
Connie’s clothes and obsession with her own beauty symbolize her lack of maturity or knowing her true self, which in the end enables her to be manipulated by Arnold Friend. Connie was smitten with her own beauty; in the beginning of the story Oates states that Connie “knew she was pretty and that was everything” (626). This captivation with herself along with...
...Humanity is the Devil: Faith and the Responsibility for Evil
Every religious movement faces the contradictions posed by the existence of evil in a universe supposedly under the dominion of a loving and benevolent God. It is one of the most debilitating questions posed to every faith, in fact, and requires rationalization in imaginative ways. Explanations vary from attributing the presence of evil as a test presented to humanity by God to sift out the worthy from the masses, a challenge conjured up by a malign force which opposes God, an illusion of the human condition, or some variant of the above designed to placate the questioning faithful.
Not many religions have turned the blame from alien figures of darkness to humanity itself. Though faiths such as Protestantism delegate blame onto humanity for the moral failings of the race and the suffering that exists in the world, still Satan or some corresponding figure is placed as the root of all evil, the tempter who led humanity out of the good path into darkness. Nevertheless, the Process Church of the Final Judgment does attribute the propagation of evil to a human origin: in their belief, the existence of evil comes from humanity. Evil was especially attributed to the disconnection of humanity from God, humanity's flouting of God's plan, and the division of God from the unity that once was into four parts which allowed the universe to exist.
In his essay "Social Construction from Within: Satan's...