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Hunger of Memory The Education of Richard Rodriguez is an autobiography about the struggles Richard Rodriguez endures on his journey towards Americanism and transforming from a Mexican-American boy to a man Rodriguez recalls his experience as a minority student who questions himself as he grows up Throughout his novel Rodriguez remembers struggles he faced learning becoming the ideal American Rodriguez uses the themes of race and complexion Americanism and Assimilation education and identity as some of the struggles in which he was faced with These themes give insight to American society by helping the readers view the struggles that many immigrants endure to reach the American life that many dream of Richard Rodriguez uses his race and his complexion as a main theme in his novel Hunger of Memory Before Rodriguez took a great interest into education and a look into himself he let his skin color become a struggle for himself as he was growing up and allow it to identify who he was In Chapter four Complexion Rodriguez writes I was to grow up an ugly child Or one who thought himself ugly Feo Rodriguez p133 His skin complexion was a struggle for him as a child He took notice that people of his skin color were usually maids homeless or field workers It was not only his mentality that had him to believe that his skin color was ugly but also everything around him for example his mother and other family members had him to believe so As he grew older Rodriguez began to differentiate himself from other of his skin color But I was not one of los pobres What made me different from them was an attitude of mind my imagination of myself Rodriguezp148 He realizes that its not his complexion that makes him who he is or defines what he is able to achieve but its what is on the inside that does so He begins to wear
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