Hunger Of Memory : The Achievement Of Desire By Richard Rodriguez

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In the chapter 2 of the book Hunger of Memory: “The Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, he talks about how he attains academic success in expense of the life he used to love prior to stepping in school. Rodriguez starts his education having little to no knowledge of speaking English but with sufficient support of his parents and the parochial school in which he learns to do grammar, he later finds himself studying at British Museum. However, he argues that he achieves his success because of being a scholarship boy. He describes himself as an enthusiastic student and unconfident, opposite to his siblings, but his enthusiasm to learn became problematic at home as he starts to see the dissimilarity between home and school and when he is unable to receive academic help from his parents. Thus, force him to adapt and commit himself to study, he starts to read book to isolate himself at home. His persistent to learn became the reason to lose his balance between the two worlds he lives in. Rodriguez admits “A primary reason for my success in the classroom was that I couldn’t forget that schooling was changing me and separating me from the life I enjoyed before becoming a student” (2). When Rodriguez resides in British Museum he came across Richard Hoggart’s book The Uses of Literacy, where it specifically describes the meaning of scholarship boy, himself. He states that, “For the first time I realize that there were other students like me, and so I was able to frame the
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