In the personal writing A memoir of a Bilingual Childhood by Richard Rodriguez, Richard uses rhetorical style alternating between persuasive and personal essay that shows his readers a part of life that many have never experienced, and if they have experienced can help them reflect on how they felt going through this. life growing up for Rodriguez originally Spanish speaking, but when his family moved to the states; he wanted to fit in to his society his surroundings. English became a personal goal for him, but to not just speak it well to master it so that he wouldn’t feel like he didn’t belong.
Rodriguez describes his journey through his grandmother as “a woman of Mexico” and her no interest of the “gringo society”(36).
Richard Rodriguez has garnered significant media attention over the last twenty years by presenting the unique figure of a Hispanic person who is vocally against such policies as bilingual education and affirmative action. In “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood,” Rodriguez recounts his own harsh initiation into the world of English speaking. Although this experience represented a traumatic break from the insulated comfort of his Spanish-speaking early childhood, Rodriguez now views his English education as a life-changing event, one that instilled in him the belief that he had something of value to add to the public discourse. In this essay, I will discuss the role that perseverance played in helping Rodriguez to form a public identity.
Richard Rodriguez- Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
Perseverance is generally understood to mean unremitting persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose, regardless of the obstacles or hindrances that exist. Also, the term has the connotation of being a commendable diligence in pursuing a particular end, rather than having the negative connotation of inflexibility or inability to change of words like ‘stubborn’ or...