Analysis Essay of Aria by Richard Rodriguez

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EN1111 Academic Writing
M. Antoniadou
29th October2012

Analysis essay of “Aria” by Richard Rodriguez (2nd draft)

This essay, titled “Aria”, originally published in 2008, is an autobiographic essay of the author’s childhood, Richard Rodriguez’. In his essay, Richard is against bilingual educators, who think that children in their first years of school should be educated in their native language. According to him this education system is wrong, won’t be beneficial, therefore children should be educated in the same language as the public one.
Rodriguez’s main point is to strongly encourage children of immigrant parents to adopt English, the “public language” as their main language in order to become assimilated in the
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Furthermore, Spanish started becoming unfamiliar to him and English, which is the “public language” became his “primary language”. In the past he used to call his parents “mama and papa”, and now that English is his primary language he calls them “mother” and “father” (289).
At the end of his essay Richard said that his “childhood started to end” the day he took the decision that his wants to feel like an American citizen. Richard, most probably, associates the word childhood with his past, before he came to believe that he was an American citizen; a past where he had strong bonds with his parents, the feeling of security and other that they are his parents, Spanish united them. However, as he became less confident with his private identity, he started becoming increasingly confident of his new public identity because the belief that he belonged in public had taken hold. Richard presents in his essay the other side of the “game”, of learning English and feeling as an American citizen because as he said “the loss implies the gain”(291). By the gain he means the gain in public, public identity.
An important dramatic event occurred, it is the one that resulted in a big change in Richard’s life. And this was the day Richard raised his hand in class to volunteer an answer. This event brought him a lot forward, as he was no longer feeling as a disadvantaged child.
Moreover, as Richard began to hear more

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