Analysis Of Hunger Of Memory By Richard Rodriguez

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According to the autobiography Hunger of Memory in the perspective of Richard Rodriguez, he gives an insight on the term ‘ghetto.’ ‘Ghetto’ in his view can be interpreted as a minority group. I believe this is what Rodriguez was trying to describe because in the text he uses the word towards a classroom while students are wandering off in his lecture except one student. He compares the student who is attentive to his lecture to himself in his childhood years for the determination to learn. As the girl nods, raises her hand to answer questions, and even takes notes, he relates the similarities between them for the anxiousness to improve in their education and gain knowledge. The ‘ghetto’ classroom reflects the reality he underwent as a young …show more content…
The narrator, however, never used his time to enjoy his life and the company of his family because he was the occasional scholarship boy, focused on succeeding in education but separating himself from liberty as a child and loved ones. Richard Hoggart (1982) asserts, “the scholarship boy must move between environments, his home and the classroom, which are at cultural extremes, opposed” (p. 48). I can agree with the author regarding his statements because he has given me a different perspective that school is not responsible for changing our character, but in fact driven to think differently about ourselves. Nobody can change who we are, but can influence us to speak differently, follow social norms, and think like others surrounding us. I believe the author, Richard Rodriguez states and explains himself very well in his story. Rodriguez (1982) says, “Typically most working-class children are barely changed by the classroom… Somehow they learn to live in the two very different worlds of their day. There are some others, however, those Hoggart pejoratively terms ‘scholarship boys,’ for whom success comes with special anxiety” (p. …show more content…
School has changed my primary language to English and can be argued for the better or worse. For one, it has been good because I am granted the ability to learn in a country that has the best opportunities, in my opinion, to succeed in society. I have the privilege to learn in the school system that my parents never had and my education has helped me accomplish my goals. The basics that is required in the United States is to speak English and can save a lot of trouble when trying to advance for a good career. In fact, schooling has changed my attitude and opinions about diverse subjects. It has led me to think differently with a wide range of perspectives that school has taught me. Not only has it changed my perspective on things, I truly feel more confident as well as determined to continue learning because I understand it has great benefits in today’s world. On the contrary, my native language is slowly fading away. I can’t speak Spanish as well with my relatives because my education has completely obligated me to use English, thus forgetting and lacking to speak Spanish fluently. In addition to change, education has had an effect on my character. My character has changed me because I don’t act the same as I would with family. Now that I think about it, I feel humiliated of my own self because I thought the humiliation and shame was for the reason that my family

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