Essay Hunger Of Memory By Richard Rodriguez

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In his autobiography Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez tells his readers about his journey through his education, highlighting his struggles of not feeling comfortable at school, and later, not feeling comfortable at home. He talks about the emotional struggles of being isolated from his family because of his intellect, as well as his long path from knowing “some fifty stray words in English” to being the “scholarship boy” at Stanford University. In his Banquet Speech, William Faulkner discusses the “duty of a writer”. He mentions that the writer should conquer and move past their fears, they should teach himself universal truths, and help by reminding other of courage compassion, and other positive qualities a person could have. In Hunger of Memory, Rodriguez is successful in fulfilling these duties of a writer by highlighting emotional aspects of his life to show the readers, even though it is against his culture and parents’ wishes. In Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez follows what William Faulkner says in his Banquet Speech, which was for the writer to write for their readers and appeal to what they want. Faulkner says, “It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice.” What Faulkner means by this is that through their writing, the writer should do their best to appeal to their readers’ hearts by reminding them of good qualities to strive to. In Hunger of…

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