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The gangs aboard the trains are portrayed in both a positive and negative light. How?

posted Apr 14, 2010, 3:32 PM by raging_thrasher@yahoo.com
The gangs aboard the trains are portrayed in both a positive and negative light. How?
 
  The gangs on the trains are both portrayed in both a positive and negative light throught the novel Enrique's Journey.  The author uses their actions to show it.  For example the author Sonia Nazario mensions that the gangsters on the train tops only go there to steal from the migrants, she says "Moreover, the Mara Salvatrucha street gangsters, some deported from Los Angeles, always prowl the train tops looking for sleepers.  Many MS gangsters settle in Chiapas after commiting crimes in the United States and being expelled to their home countries in Central America... They rob migrants riding the trains.  Migrants, who are often afraid to press charges, make ideal victims." (83) This would be a negative thing about the gangsters, because they are really up to no good and are only looking to steal and mistreat the migrants.  I don't believe that the gangs aboard the freight trains do portray a positive side, because the author keeps mentioning the gang violence between rivals and how the gangs solve their problems by simlpy killing someone.
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