Richard Rodriguez The Achievement Of Desire Summary

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Dong Sheng Huang 3 Separation A Price paid for pursue of dream “Mother and father, “ma,” “pa,” “dad,” “pop,”- all these I felt were unsuitable terms of address for my parents.” “The adult finally confronted, and now must publicly say, what the child shuddered from knowing and could never admit to him or to those many faces that smiled at his every success.” “Those were her words, but all the while her sounds would assure me: You are how now. Come close inside. With us” “Simplistically again, the bilingualists insist that a student should be reminded of his difference from others in mass society, of his “heritage.” “Without extraordinary determination and the great assistance of others –at home and at school- there is little chance for success.” “If I rehearse here the changes in my private life after my Americanization, it is finally to emphasize a public gain.” “From that distance, pretending not to notice on another occasion, I saw my father looking at the title pages of my library books.” “The boy who first entered a classroom barely able to speak English, twenty years later concluded his studies in the stately quiet of the…show more content…
In the essay, Aria, he was forced to study English and Richard Rodriguez resented the loss of intimacy in the family. However, he, later, discovered his love in books. Richard Rodriguez switched from hating English to fall in love with books. Education has changed his mind; therefore, changed him. He confesses: “What I am about to say to you has taken me more than twenty years to admit: A primary reason for my success in the classroom was that I couldn’t forget that schooling was changing me and separating me from the life I enjoyed before becoming a student” (598). Richard Rodriguez also explains that how he tactfully avoid hi family’s inquiry about his new-found love for books. He would hide inside of a

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