Richard Rodriguez 's ' Ari A Memoir Of A Bilingual Childhood Essay

1405 Words Oct 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The primary argument that Richard Rodriguez addresses in Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood is the issue of bilingual education in America. He claims that he can’t be fully merged in American Society due to his “private” life, in other words his second language. Rodriguez also claims that because his original language is not the same as the “public” language, he is unable to create intimacy with someone who speaks a different language other than the public one. Lastly, he claims the use of a native language is impossible to have coexist with the “public” language. “It is not possible for a child, any child, ever to use his family’s language in school” (Rodriguez 448).
Rodriguez uses his own personal experience to strengthen this argument that a native language and public language are not able to coincide. He even goes as far as to say that his native language being used at home hindered his growth socially. He states that his own “words could not extend to form complete thoughts” and he knew he “spoke English poorly” (Rodriguez 449). In his class, Rodriguez felt intimidated and afraid to speak the language he did not know well but also feared speaking the language he did know, being that it was not the same as the one everyone else spoke. He “noted [a] difference between classroom language and the language of home” (Rodriguez 453) that made him more anxious. When Rodriguez was home, there was little to no English spoken. He and his siblings were not presented with…

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