"The Desire to Achieve in Rodriguez's "The Achievement of Desire""
This passage from The Achievement of Desire comes from Richard Rodriguez’ interpretation of Richard Hoggart’s The Uses of Literacy. I think there is both truth and assumption in this description of the behavior of working class students. I agree that school and home life are very different environments which require different kinds of interactions and ways of thinking, but Rodriquez and Hoggart are assuming certain things about the the conditions of home life for working class children. I don’t think it is fair to say that all working class parents speak in a way that would be discouraged by a teacher or person of higher education. I feel that these writers are making broad generalization about certain societall groups. As for the working- class students who do fit the stereotype described by Rodriquez and Hoggart, it must be extremely hard to be dedicated to something that is never reinforced at home. My parents always pushed me to succeed in school and I still found it difficult at times to focus on school work. There are so many kids who have such a hard time adjusted to school life and really don’t know how to function in that kind of environment, and this may be due the vast differences between school and home life.
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Richard Rodriguez, "The Achievement of Desire"
In the essay "The Achievement of Desire" Richard Rodriguez reminisces about his experiences as a scholarship boy. It is through his reminiscing that Rodriguez realizes his academic success came at a price: "For the first time I realized that there were other students like me, and so I was able to frame the meaning of my academic success, its consequent price – the loss".
"The Achievement of Desire," 338‑55.
Richard Rodriguez's "The Achievement of Desire" is a story within a story. The author uses a frame, a literary device to remind him of himself. Rodriguez sees in the fourteen-year-old-girl, the only person who is paying attention to what he says, the only person who grasps on his every word, who's eyes shine with enthusiasm and ambition, the boy who once did the same things to his teachers. He remembers his own background from the very beginning. Having grown up with parents who remained with the traditions of their Hispanic culture, Richard's ambition to learn and to...