Analysis Of The Poem ' Achievement Of Desire ' By Richard Rodriguez

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Marissa Foote Professor Mary Morley Composition 110 September 6, 2014 In the essay, “Achievement of Desire”, author Richard Rodriguez, recalls the difficulties of balancing life as a thriving student and the life in a working class family. Growing up, Rodriguez was the exception to the stereotypical student coming from an immigrant/working class family. From an early age, he prospered in academics. He made school his top priority. Rodriguez spent time with his books rather than with family or friends. Initially, this approach put him at the top of his class, but as time went by he became an outsider both at home and in school. Rodriguez writes about similarities with the scholarship boy. The scholarship boy is a reference from Richard Hoggart’s book, The Uses of Literacy. The scholarship boy comes from a working class family background and when he starts school is thrown into a drastically different environment. Rodriguez’s experiences are very much the same to those of the scholarship boy. The scholarship boy is a friction point between two worlds, just as Rodriguez is. The two worlds are the working class and the educated. Upon entering school, Rodriguez knew how important achieving an education was. His parents knew how hard it was to get by with very little schooling so they stressed the importance of education to their children. With this in mind, Rodriguez pushed through the obstacles put before him to become one of the best in his class. The problem with this was

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