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Prospective Immigrants Please Note Adrienne Rich Either you will go through this door or you will not go through If you go through there is always the risk of remembering your name Things look at you doubly and you must look back and let them happen If you do not go through it is possible to live worthily to maintain your attitudes to hold your position to die bravely but much will blind you much will evade you at what cost who knows The door itself makes no promises It is only a door A poem by Adrienne Rich Prospective Immigrants Please Note helps one consider the dual perspective the mother culture and the American ideals Richs essential goal is to remember your families and origins First of all the title Prospective Immigrants Please Note implied an immigrants plea to leave their country and go to another country Upon reading the poem though I now see the title as Richs plea to immigrants not to forget who what and where they came from Richs poem claims either leaves the land or simply stay Either you will go through this door or you will not go through The reason you want to go through the door is to better your conditions for the family and yourself Nevertheless one has to acknowledge that at a point in her Rich life she faced her partly Jewish roots so this poem could deal with Jews or any people considered the other immigrating to another country or just having the guts to open the door and not knowing what is behind Also the poem focus on the question of identity is it possible to live in a country and stick to your own beliefs which may not be the beliefs of the majority With opening the door Rich could also refer to is when she opened the
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