The Beast is the term that Enrique and other migrants use for the treacherous and terrible state of Chiapas in Mexico. It becomes a symbol for the dangers and threats that the journey as a whole to the United States holds for migrant children who wish to make it to their parents.
The Beast Symbol Timeline in Enrique’s Journey
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Beast appears in Enrique’s Journey. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. Facing the Beast
...to enter the southernmost state, Chiapas, known by Enrique and other young migrants as the beast. His experiences in Chiapas have yielded knowledge: avoid buses, never ride freight trains alone, do... (full context)