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The sense of isolation isnt a foreign feeling in either Fredrick Douglas essay Learning to Read and Write or Richard Rodriguez The Lonely Good Company of Books for either individual whether undergone in a physical or mental manner With Rodriguez the theme of isolation tends to reside more dominantly upon him mentally rather than physically especially compared to Douglas who had a stronger amount of isolation physically with his readings but still also possessed isolation upon his mentally as well Both individuals experienced isolation within their stories but it wasnt always that way with their readingsDouglas and Rodriguez both had distinct situations to their isolation due to the culture the era their influences and so on but still they held similarities between their two different worlds They both werent always isolated in their readings though they both possessed instructors of some sort although Rodriguez was able to experience that through actual teachers within his academic career Douglas experience wasnt as comfortable as a classroom teacher for he had to resort to trading bread for lessons from poor young white kids in his society to teach him which they would change hours and location to not get caught Douglas only resorted to the kids for lessons though after upon losing his one on one instructor his mistress whom only got as far as teaching him the alphabet before starting to mirror the societies beliefs and then restricted him from reading Rodriguez also too had a one on one instructor in his life early on in elementary a nun whom was more of a reading partner to him than an instructor Rodriguez mostly enjoyed the sessions mostly to listen to her though but once it was his turn to read he couldnt help but to feel alone even with her in the room this is one of the first isolating experiences that starts for Rodriguez and where the similarities of him and Douglas start to stray apartThat
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