Reaching For A Dream In Literature

1662 words - 7 pages

Selfish Dream

Everyone has their dreams and whoever puts all his or her efforts and determination in pursuing that goal is the one who will succeed. However, there are dreamers who have misconceptions about the art of dreaming. In three pieces of literature I have encountered: “The Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and “Fences” by August Wilson, its characters fight for their dreams regardless obstacles in their life. Nevertheless, they expose their sense of self-absorbance while seeking their dreams. Dreaming and aspiration are human senses, but when one considers his or her dream more important than the others, dreaming becomes another aspect of selfishness.

In general, to fulfill a dream requires aggressive dedication and sacrifice. In Richard Rodriquez’s “The Achievement of Desire,” the character has a dream of academic success. From early childhood, the intelligent boy, indeed, finds pleasure from reading books and notes. It is not an exaggeration to say that he gives up his social life to pursue his dream. He appears as a lonely kid who has no close friends or any serious social involvement. His boring life ties in the circle of school and home. However, it does not seem to be a problem to him. He is always the kid who raises his hand during lecture and is his teachers’ favorite. The character soon expresses his selfishness during the early time of schooling. He feels uncomfortable and unwilling when he joins to a local private school, which he considers “ghetto classroom”. It is such a wrong perception when one refuses to engage in his or her community. By complication and excuses, he indirectly denies his identity as a working class child. Satisfying with compliments such as “Your parents must be very proud” (Rodgiguez 1) from teachers and classmates, the character feels proud of being superior to others. In brief, his success majorly comes from the reserve privilege from parent’s assistance. “The scholarship boy” is essentially a type of the self who rather receives without giving.

On the other hand, the character in Richard Rodriquez’s story also suffers a lack of confidence and dissociation due to the wall he creates around himself. Blindingly pursuit his ideal life, most importantly, the man has lost his social skills which he assumes himself a “bad boy”. Even though the man has enough intellectual knowledge to get aware of his temporary problems, he does not make any changes. His selfishness dynamically expresses later on in adulthood. He admits that he is always unconfident, sad and anxious. Moreover, he develops a sense of disrespect to his parents. He makes fun at correct their grammar mistakes; He get sick of their constant encouragement; He is disgraceful parent because they can help him with his homework. The character obviously does nothing to compensate for his parent sacrifice. He is an outstanding student, but in the human sense, he fails to be an educated person....

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