Middle Class Pastoral
• Rodriguez describes himself as a "socially disadvantaged" child who grew up under the watchful eyes of his parents.
• He is writing the book 30 years later, as a middle-class American surrounded by rich people.
• He realizes early on that his education would separate him from his parents.
• He sees the difference in language as part of that separation -- the rich people around him now pronounce his name differently than his family did.
• He is writing the book to analyze how he came from a lower-class background to become the person he is today.
• He is conflicted about his education.
• He implies that his family did not have the same education he did.
Aria, Chapter 1
• Rodriguez describes his first day of school as a child with limited English skills.
• School reinforces his idea that English was a public language and Spanish was a private language.
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