Achievement Of Desire Analysis

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Summarize the basic argument/idea you set forth in this project. In my “The Effects of Western Education” essay, I argued that Western education taught to a second generation unintentionally alienates those who have access to it and those who do not. I incorporated my own life experiences because my siblings and I are the first in my Chinese family to attend an American school. Throughout the essay, I utilize the “Achievement of Desire” essay to back up my ideas because I was able to connect with them well and I could elaborate on the author Richard Rodriguez’s points. I talked about how my own visit to China and enrolling in a Chinese school for several years impacted my life as well as how I felt alienated from my culture.
How did your ideas change over the course of the writing activity? My ideas changed because I read the essay “Achievement of Desire” a couple more times afterwards and gained a new perspective each time I read it. My first draft was embarrassingly rough because I did not elaborate on many ideas and my MLA format was incorrect. From the beginning of the paper, I knew what I wanted to write about, but I did not know how I wanted to go forth with
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MacLean and through class discussions of the underlying themes within the novel. In my conference with Ms. MacLean, I was able to narrow down Holden Caulfield’s to being a struggling and rebellious teenager that refused to conform to society’s norms. The feedback I received from Ms. MacLean included notes to explain further on why Holden’s enjoyment of lying is harmful and how does my own experiences prove how environment is significant in creating identity. With my mini-discussions with my classmates, we agreed that Holden is a destructive individual because of the death of his brother, Allie, and his parents’ indifference to his lifestyle; this can be seen in my third body

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