Hunger Of Memory By Richard Rodriguez Essay

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In Richard Rodriguez’s autobiography Hunger of Memory he reviews his life and events that he believes affected him throughout his lifetime. Rodriguez argues in his text that the reason for his educational success came through severing himself from family and his culture. He also reviews beauty and how society’s standard of beauty affected his outlook on himself and those around him. Although his experiences are true; Rodriguez commits multiple fallacies in his writing including small sample, appeal to authority, suppressed evidence, and appeal to ignorance. First, Rodriguez believed that for a student to be an academic success the student had to sever ties with their family and culture; he defends this with personal stories of failed attempts to obtain help with his school from his parents. The more he became successful with his academics, the further, and more removed he became with his family and his culture. Although, his argument that academic success can often be achieved through cutting family and culture ties, he commits a small sample fallacy. He draws his conclusion from a population that is too small to be reliable. To an untrained eye, Rodriguez is a trustworthy source for the information he provides. He has a profound insight into his world and experiences; but he is unreliable. Rodriguez is only able to recount his own personal experiences growing up; which makes him a small sample. He is unable to speak for most of the people like him; although he cannot…

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