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Summary of The Achievement of Desire Chapter Two Hunger of Memory Richard Rodriguez writes Hunger of Memory as an autobiographical essay to display the life he lived and the importance of education In chapter two The Achievement of Desire Rodriguez tells us education is a long unglamorous even demeaning process This bold statement leads us to believe that education can be harmful to some people Rodriguez introduces the scholarship boy by saying The scholarship boy must move between environments his home and the classroom which are at cultural extremes opposed He is enormously obedient to the dictates of the world of school but emotionally still strongly wants to continue as a part of the family circle With time the boy begins to lose the balance of keeping both school life and home life at the same level of priority The school life begins to take control of his life Rodriguez states Gradually necessarily the balance is lost The boy needs to spend more and more time studying each night enclosing himself in the silence permitted and required by intense concentration The fact the student must allow more time towards his schooling causes his home life to be less important carrying him further away from his loved ones As the scholarship boy becomes more educated in the outside world he realizes that the outside world is unfamiliar to the family This in turn causes the scholarship boy to become embarrassed with the level of knowledge his family has Rodriguez states I was embarrassed by their lack of education Rodriguez shows the consequences of education For the scholarship boy education not only tears the student away from his family but also does not allow him to mature into a person with his own opinions and thoughts The scholarship boy works arduous to achieve academic excellence He turns into a machine that takes information in and spits it back out When he
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