Richard Rodriguez utilized Richard Hoggart?s essay ?The Scholarship Boy? in order to describe the kind of student that he was. In Rodriguez essay, he uses several examples from Richard Hoggart?s book, ?The Uses of Literacy? to make a clear meaning of the term ?scholarship boy? and what it did to change his life. The constant argument is whether or not Rodriguez is a scholarship boy. Rodriguez and Hoggart had their own versions of ?The Scholarship Boy? yet they tied into each other because Rodriguez experienced the life of a scholarship boy and Hoggart explained what a scholarship boy was. In a way Hoggart became Rodriguez?s mentor and showed him that is not the ?Scholarship Boy? that he once was.
Rodriguez?s idea of a scholarship boy is defined as his own personal experience while Hoggart bases his definition of a scholarship boy on his knowledge of what he thinks it may be. Rodriguez lived the life of a scholarship boy and used Hoggart?s knowledge to relate it directly in his own life. Rodriguez was not certain if he was a scholarship boy, but with Hoggart?s words and examples it reassured him that he was. Hoggart states, ?He is in a way cut
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