The Goal Of Achieving The American Dream And Material Success

1176 Words Jun 10th, 2015 5 Pages
The goal of achieving the American dream and material success often overshadows everything including family relations. Richard Rodriguez shows the negative impact of a newly wealthy family, and the change in the dynamic that material success has brought in the conduction of a Christmas evening. The once proud parents have seen less of their kids, as they reached for success and chased the American dream. The effect of material success is conveyed in the detailed interaction between the members of their family. The sibling’s success that allows them reach material success has taken them away from their family, and holidays have become a routine rather than a genuine interaction. Rodriguez himself notices the emptiness in their relationship between himself and his parents and everyone as a unit. In the passage Richard Rodriguez uses the language and details of his parents, siblings, and he to convey the emptiness and separation that material success has on a family.
The parents have seen the distance between the members of their family and the emptiness in their interaction brought on by material success. The mother has always wanted her children to grow up, be rich and able to afford luxury items. She dreamed of them buying her lots of presents and “a big fur coat.” They were most likely not able to afford such things for themselves at the time and she wanted more for her family. Rodriguez uses details like the fur coat to present the contrast in the mother. Now…

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