Summary Of The Achievement Of Desire By Richard Rodriguez

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In the essay, “The Achievement of Desire,” Richard Rodriguez tells the story of his education and what it was like growing up in a Mexican-American immigrant family. He explains how his main goal from boy to man was to become as educated as possible; however, he was embarrassed by his parents’ lack of education and believed it was holding him back. By the end of the essay, Rodriguez seems to have realized that although he is proud of his academic achievement, he is very lonely and desires the life he had as a boy when he was surrounded by family, love, and affection. He describes this realization as “the end of education.” Rodriguez had the idea in his head that in order to be successful and obtain as much knowledge as possible, he had to

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