This man, a teacher and a writer, reflects upon himself at a young age to show readers just how he came to be through his education. His education was and is his life. It paved the way for his successes and ultimately a career. But what exactly might one person have to do or give up in order to insure his success through his years of education?
He paints a vivid picture of his emotional and mental development as the child of working class Mexican immigrants in Sacramento. I loved his portrayal of the impact Catholicism had on him in youth, his comfort in the rituals and mystery, inspiration from their high Latin Mass then standard, and serving as an altar boy.
His parents sacrificed a lot for him to get a decent education, but the drive he developed toward success in that realm led to a wedge between him and their culture.
They could be proud of him, but for a long time he had lost the ability to be proud of them. The process led him toward some sense of shame over their lack of education and associated sophistication. I was fascinated with his emerging concept that Spanish spoken at home was for expression of his private and true self, whereas the English spoken in school was for projecting a public persona.
At first his steps toward achievement and precocious involved a mercenary pleasing his teachers and parroting their ways and thoughts.
Eventually, he learned that the assimilation he was experiencing was a valuable ticket to healthy skills of expressing a private identity in public. This was part of the insight that led him to fame in essays against bilingual education and affirmative action.
But he did come see how unjust it was for him to benefit so much from scholarships and affirmative action as a minority student, when the real source of unequal opportunity lay in poor early education. Rodriguez true claim to fame came not from the traditional arena of academic pursuits, but as an essayist with a special knack of elucidating our social reality in American by infusing objective analyses with the personal.
I have collected two of his three other autobiographical collections and due to their different subjects look forward to pursuing them eventually because of his writing skill.Threats against Bush at public protests.
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Richard Rodríguez is an American writer who became famous as the author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodríguez (). His work has appeared in Harper's, The American Scholar, the Los Ángeles Times Magazine, and The New Republic/5.
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