Essay about A Bilingual Childhood

1257 Words Nov 1st, 2016 6 Pages
There are many factors that play a role in social division in our society. Social division is a result of any type of diversity where not everyone is similar. The difference in gender, age, or even food preference can separate a society. However, one of the more common and detrimental divisions is cultural backgrounds. Cultural backgrounds can be extremely different and strange to an outsider looking in. These differing cultures, beliefs, morals, and way of life separates how one group of people view themselves and the world and how others do. Rodriguez, King, and Cofer all have had different experiences in which social division has impacted their lives and, they each have found ways that have helped them cope with it.
In the case of Rodriguez in “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”, Rodriguez deals with the after effects of being born into an immigrant family. The separation of languages and different cultures causes him and his family to in a way alienate themselves from the society around them. They refer to their Caucasian neighbors as “gringos”. Rodriguez opens up with how he only was “able to understand some fifty stray English words” (Rodriguez 321) when he first went to school. His family spoke Spanish at home which prevented him from being able to expand his English vocabulary. Rodriguez picked up his first English words from hearing his parents speak to strangers and he soon associated a confident English as a requirement for a pubic identity. As a child, he…

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