Hunger Of Memory 2 Essay

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Hunger Of Memory 2


The theme of separation is an important development in the novels Hunger of Memory and How
the Garcia Girls lost their Accent. The novels deal with separation differently. For
Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, the separation allows Richard to move from the
private world to the public world. Here, separation is a movement for a solution, which is
citizenship. In How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent by Julia Alvarez, the separation is
an effect from Antojo.

Richard Rodriguez immediately recognizes the separations in his early life. He considers
the inside of his house to be private and the outside of his house to be public. His
family and the Spanish language belong to his private society. It contains a feeling of
intimacy and a sense of belonging.

The los gringos, school and the English language are associated with the pubic society.
Several other kinds of separation emerge from this separation of public and private
society. There are separations of sound and word, female and male, and reason and
affection. Richard believes it is natural to move from one separation into another. He
needs to do this in order to move from the private to the public society. This movement is
voluntary by Richard and forced by his parents. It is done to help Richard's education. It
will give him better opportunities in the United States. Speaking only English at home
initiates the movement, instead of speaking Spanish. Ultimately, Richard can have a sense
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