In Enrique's Journey, he encounters people who exhibit compassion and kindness towards the migrants. Are there people in particular that you remember, and why does their kindness stand out to you?...

In Enrique's Journey, he encounters people who exhibit compassion and kindness towards the migrants. Are there people in particular that you remember, and why does their kindness stand out to you? Contrast the descriptions of the first attack Enrique endures with the first kindnesses he is shown

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The people who display kindness stand in stark contrast to those who abuse migrants in Enrique's Journey.

Nazario describes some of the random acts of kindness that Enrique experiences as his "first gifts."  She points out how the kindness and compassion of the people in the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz are different from what Enrique had experienced in his journey.  Instead of being beaten, he is assisted.  As opposed to being afraid of the world, he receives gifts from it.  Nazario suggests that the "widespread generosity of spirit" in this region might be rooted in both the "the Zapotec and Mixtec indigenous cultures" along with a sincere desire to help others victimized by the Mexican government's immigration policy.

Such acts of kindness stand out in the reader's mind.  One villager tosses up to him a small package, shouting "Orale, chavo! Here, boy!"  This roll of crackers is what Nazario calls "the first gift" Enrique experiences on his journey.  As the train continues on, he sees families toss "sweaters, tortillas, bread and plastic bottles filled with lemonade."  Some people who stand out would be the baker who throws extra loaves of bread, the seamstress who throws sandwiches in bags, or even a teenager who throws bananas.  These individuals cannot do much to prevent the hardship that Enrique and others like him will experience.  However, they display kindness and generosity at his moment of need.  This is fundamentally different than the beatings that Enrique initially experiences.

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