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Books From its very first essay, Hunger of Memory is a text obsessed with silence. Silence appears in three iterations in this memoir: Rodriguez often talks about silent or reserved people as having a less developed public identity than characters who are more vocal.
In this way, silence represents disempowerment and an inability to participate in public life. The second way that silence is manifested in the book is as the silence of reading and writing. Rodriguez recalls that he used to dislike reading on his own as a child, even speaking the words out loud to make himself feel less lonely.
In this sense, silence takes on a kind of power because it becomes a means of getting in touch with a deeper sense of self.
The final form that silence takes is much more philosophical. Rodriguez is fascinated by the distinction between sound and sense—that is, the boundary between when words hit the ear as mere sound and when they begin to take on meaning.
Rodriguez suggests that somewhere beyond this transition from sound to sense lies a profound silence.
It is this form of silence that he suffers through after learning English and feeling cut off from the previously comforting Spanish sounds of home, but this silence also enables Rodriguez to access the abstract meanings that have defined his interests and career.
In this way, silence becomes both reward and a consequence of education.
For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Chapter 1 Quotes One Saturday morning I entered the kitchen where my parents were talking in Spanish. I did not realize that they were talking in Spanish however until, at the moment they saw me, I heard their voices change to speak English.
Those gringo sounds they uttered startled me. In that moment of trivial misunderstanding and profound insight, I felt my throat twisted by unsounded grief. I turned quickly and left the room.
But I had no place to escape to with Spanish. The spell was broken. My brother and sisters were speaking English in another part of the house.Christmas tree lightings around the world in U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting held by the National Park.
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