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Richard Rodriguez while writing The Achievement of Desire faces a difficult obstacle of working with a prior text Rodriguez uses Hoggarts concept of a scholarship boy and applies it to his own life Yet something is missing there is something not right about the scholarship boy Rodriguez claims to be Rodriguezs scholarship boy isnt exactly what Hoggart defines as one to be he is actually very different Rodriguez picks and chooses what parts of Hoggarts scholarship boy he wants to use to apply to his own life He wants to create a specific image for his readers and by manipulating Hoggarts theory he successfully forms this image he is longing for In The Achievement of Desire it is apparent that Rodriguez makes choices about what to write about Hoggarts text He makes certain choices of what to include and what not to By taking parts of Hoggarts theory he transforms it into his own Rodriguez uses the scholarship boy theory and applies it to his own life to benefit himself The thing that is important to realize is that it is Hoggarts theory not Rodriguezs The scholarship boy that Rodriguez claims to be is in some ways in stark contradiction with Hoggarts theory For one Hoggart describes a scholarship boy to be extremely close to the woman of the household and to not have any part of the male aspect of it which so happens to display a feminine side Rodriguez does not want to reveal He is likely to be separated from the boys groups outside the homehis detachment from them is emotionally linked with one or more aspect of his home situation- that he now tends to be closer to the women of the house than to the menThe boy spends a large part of his time at the physical centre of the home where the womans spirit rulesThe man and the boys brothers are outside in the world of
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