Family Struggles The desperation and lack of opportunity caused by poverty forced Juan and his Family into another direction. At an early point of Juan's life he and his family decided to move to America. It was this move that forever changed the direction of Juan's life. The Consequences of this move included his imprisonment and involment in illegal activities this essay is a description of how poverty dictated the lives in this family. Juan and his family choose to leave their home to get away from the wars that Where going on around them. The Villasenor family was feed up with all the violence they where going through.
Juan proves this by saying; Look at the war going on, Look at what we ve been through! p. g. 151. His family chooses to leave their home in search of more and better opportunites. Where this family lived they had two options either they worked or starved to death. The Villasenor family choose to work. The work they did didn t pay much, so Juan had to make many sacrifices to pull his family through there financial situation.
In America Juan was willing to do anything in order for his family to have money and food. Juan was made a proposition from a man that was from Sonora. The man Offered to give Juan's mom money if he confessed to a crime he did not commit. The Man said I ll give your mother two hundred dollars if you confess to the crime my son committed. Pg, 215 Juan was so desperate that he took the offer. Going to jail was one of the sacrifices Juan had to make for his family.
Juan then escaped from prison and had to think of a way to make money fast and get his family out of their miss ury. Juan made the decision to get into an illegal busyness to help his family out. Juan went to California and became a bootlegger. To Juan this was a fast n easy way to make money.
Despite this busyness being risky it was also dangerous but he still continued to be a bootlegger. Juan was always on the run and never had time to relax. He always had to worry about making the whiskey an and being careful the cops or any one finding out about his busyness. One of the Consequences Juan had to pay for being a bootlegger was being distant from his mom. Even tough Juan was distanced from his family he had no other choice but to stay in the busyness in order to help his family.