Part One: The Mexican drug war has negatively affected so many lives in Mexico. Over the past 5 years nearly 48,000 thousand people have been killed in suspected drug-related violence in Mexico. During the first three quarters of 2011, nearly 13,000 people died. This death rate does not include the 5,000 people that have gone missing during this time. These are people who have loved ones that are losing their lives as a result of the drug war. This war does not only affect adults in Mexico, but also children. tens of thousands of children have been orphaned by this violence.
This war has also greatly affected the economy in Mexico as well. The Mexican and Columbian drug cartels are said to be making 39 billion dollars annually. They have taken money out of the economy from their home country and put it into their own pockets. Rather than boosting the economy of Mexico, they are boosting the local drug economy. So many residents of Mexico are leaving jobs that pay them $5 a day in order to join these drug cartels and make a better living.
Not only are these drug wars affecting Mexico negatively, but they are also affecting us across the border. These gangs affiliated with the drug wars are not only present in Mexico, but also in U.S. cities such as Los Angelas, Dallas and beyond. In fact their presence has grown to nearly 1,000 U.S. cities. Though the violence has mostly remained in Mexico, there have still been reports of drug affiliated violence here in the states.
Part Two: My favorite scene in The Road thus far is the conversation between the father and son on page 10-11. It shows the love between the father and son and also the complete innocence of the boy. My favorite writing thus far: "Can I ask you something? Yes. Of course you can. What would you do if I died? If you died I would want to die too. So you could be with me? Yes. So I could be with you. Okay. I love the dialogue writing style in the book thus far. I think this really helps the intimate conversations between these two stick out for the reader.