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In his essay The Achievement of Desire Richard Rodriguez writes about his experiences as a student While writing about his education Rodriguez makes frequent mention of a conceptual personality archetype Originally conceived by the author Richard Hoggart Rodriguez identifies with the scholarship boy and thoroughly relates his experiences to the archetype As defined by Hoggart in The Uses of Literacy the scholarship boy is a student who despite an economically disadvantaged family manages to develop intellectually and achieve remarkable academic success and distinction In The Achievement of Desire Rodriguez makes critical observations of himself and of his earlier life likening himself to Hoggarts supposed scholarship boy in most respects In fact Rodriguezs past experiences coincide with Hoggarts description Hoggart writes that The boy spends a large part of his time at the physical center of the home where the womans spirit rules 878 This is the case with Rodriguez as well especially in regards to his relationships with his family and mother in particular He even credits his mother as the one responsible for driving him forward into his future wanting a better life for her children according to Hoggart The boy has to cut himself off mentally so as to do his homework as well as he can 624 Rodriguez was often found in the closet secretly reading novels Finally in comparing Rodriguez with Hoggarts scholarship boy Rodriguez waited for them the teachers to tell him which books to enjoy 625 This was an example of the problem with education suggested by Herbert Spencer Rodriguez similar to Hoggarts scholarship boy learned in the manner of submissive receptivity instead of independent activity 880 Rodriguez the student could have broken out of the scholarship boy mold if he relied on himself his own thoughts and stopped believing his teachers and books as the only sources of education information and of his personal validation Rodriguez is the quintessential scholarship boy However this
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