Education In Richard Rodriguez's The Hunger Of Memory

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The Hunger of Memory is an autobiography written in 1982 about the Education of Richard Rodriguez, who immigrated to the United States with his family when he was very young. When he started attending the Roman Catholic elementary school with his brothers and sister, he only knew about 50 words of English. He was shy in class and wasn’t confident with his English. He didn’t talk very often and After 6 months had passed, nun’s from his school came to his house to ask his parents to speak more English with their children around the house. They agreed, which left him feeling as if they had completely given up their language and culture, which had brought them so close in the past. Daily tutoring sessions helped him, and as he learned more English his family drew farther apart. He found comfort in reading books. Later on he said that books were crucial to his academic success. He became a good collector of thoughts, but usually lacked his own opinion. Reading helped make him a more confident English speaker and writer. Education had changed his family’s life. He became resentful to his parents when they could not help him with homework which pushed him to read more. He became embarrassed at his parents lack of education,…show more content…
At one time had a group of students come to him asking him to teach a minority literature class. He didn’t agree with them and questioned the existence of minority literature. He related himself to a coconut, brown on the outside, white on the inside. People assumed he was still in touch with his native culture but, he was successful at teaching white, middle class students. He worked at Berkley for a couple of years. When the time came to apply for other jobs he was called back after a few days by many colleges for an interview. He felt guilty for having an advantage for being a minority that most schools were desperate to hire. He declined them

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