Creation Myth And Literacy Narrative Analysis

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There are many similarities and differences in both creation myths and literacy narratives. Most creation myths we have read so far introduce the and how it began and all that is mankind , , , and so on while the three Literacy Narratives, describe the struggles each of authors went through as they learned to read and write and how their cultures had a big influence as they strived to succeed. Although these creation myths and literacy narratives may be very different in one way, they also prove to be very similar in ways other than time and place. Similarities such as conveying a lesson to the reader. That being said, there are also differences between Literacy narratives themselves, these three literacy narratives communicate their different …show more content…
One very obvious difference between these narratives is their different racial ethnicity. Although all three writers, Douglass, Rodriguez, and Graff shared similar struggles they did so in very different cultures. Fredrick Douglass tell his story as an African American slave and the obstacles he had to overcome as he learned to read and write. Douglass tell, “I have had her [His Mistress] rush at me with a face made up of fury, and snatched from me a newspaper…” (Douglass 1), here Douglass explains how his mistress would become infuriated when seeing him try to read from a newspaper. Douglass would eventually learn to read and write, but not before being mistreated and robbed of rights to even try to read a newspaper. Richard Rodrigues invites us to his life as Mexican America and being raised by Mexican immigrants. Richard explains, “The boy who first entered a classroom barley able to speak English, twenty years later concluded his studies in the stately quiet of reading room in the British museum.” (Rodriguez 1). Rodriguez explains the difficulties and obstacles he had to overcome as he lived in America only knowing his native language (Spanish) and how this affected him as a writer. Richard Rodriguez clearly had different struggles a writer compared to Fredrick Douglass, and the main factor being racial ethnicity. They both struggled as …show more content…
As I explained one, of many similarities creation myths and literacy narratives share, there will always be lessons learned. It can simply by discipline to oneself that can lead to more opportunities and with opportunities led to learning things your own way, for example, Graff’s learning how to enjoy books and the text the books hold, in his own way giving him the opportunity to major in English, something he otherwise would have no interest in. The differences between creation myths and literacy narratives I have provided are pretty obvious as to why they are based on believes or proof, we generally have a hard time explaining something that happened so long ago because of all the different times they are told. But literacy narratives are fist-hand (proof) narratives that the author provided therefore making us more inclined to think that what the author is conveying is true. Differences between literacy narratives are a whole other story. As I explained the hardship these authors had to go through because of their color of their skin. You can find similarities, differences, and differences within the literacy narratives, but these creation myths and literacy narratives do have lessons worth learning and facts worth knowing. Is there truth to creation myths? I can’t answer that, but they have been around for some time now and they seem to keep order in this world at time.

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