Blog Post Chapters 2 & 3 Street Life
After reading the first three chapters of Victor Rios’ Street Life, I feel sorry for Dr. Rios about the events he is telling his audience. In looking at the imagery he uses to tell his story, I observed that he uses visual and auditory imagery in the first three chapters of his autobiography.
The first type of sensory detail I want to focus on is visual imagery. In chapter 1, Dr. Rios describes how the audience is before he does his speech to his fans who came to see him. The sensory detail that follows is,”A giant spotlight beams right into my eyes, halfway blinding me, but the glare of this light is not going to stop me from telling my story” (Rios, 1). The effect this has is that the author wants to let the reader imagine how bright the light is and how he’s unable to see but doesn’t change the fact that he will be doing the speech no matter what.
The second type of sensory detail I want to focus on is auditory imagery. In chapter 2, Dr. Rios introduces his mom Raquel and the challenges that she went through throughout her life like being kidnapped. The sensory detail that follows is, “When she was 13, she was kidnapped by a man and taken as his wife. He beat and abused her” (Rios, 6). The effect is that the author writes this with the intention to make us picture all the screaming his mom did while he was being kidnaped, he wants us to picture what kind of struggles that his mom went through, and so we can see how he lived his life by knowing all of this.
The third type of sensory detail I want to focus on is visual imagery. In chapter 3, Dr. Rios is on a mission to find his dad that he has never met before, the only thing that he knew was his name and that he was part of the Mexican army. The sensory detail that follows is, “The drive was majestic: lush, green, rainforest vegetation surrounded the highway on each side” (Rios, 11). The effect is that this gives you a soothing vibe and you can see what he sees from his eyes; you can picture his surroundings while driving to find his car.
Overall, These past three chapters were inspiring because he was a failed abortion, grew up without a dad and doesn’t look at his mom as a mom and become a doctor in the end. Dr. Victor Rios wants me to understand that even though you are struggling with the stuff in your life that you can make it far in life if you put your mind to it.