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Transformation Essay -- essays research papers
America is ever changing. Over the centuries it has transformed in many ways. There has been an increase in immigrants, especially Hispanics, which has caused a transformation of both language and culture. Richard Rodriguez in his book Brown: The Last Discovery of America, and in other essays has brought his views on these matters and presents brown as a new way of describing America. Brown as color; as impurity; as language; as America. Richard Rodriguez is a writer who is artistic, and has an idealistic way of recounting things. In his essay Ã¢â¬Å"Late VictoriansÃ¢â¬ he writes how a woman jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He describes it as Ã¢â¬Å"Ã¢â¬ ¦before she stepped onto the sky. To land like a spilled purse at my feet,Ã¢â¬ (Encounters, 496) He compares the woman hitting the ground as a Ã¢â¬Å"spilled purse.Ã¢â¬ When you think of a spilled purse you donÃ¢â¬â¢t think of tragedy, so his comparing this insignificant incident of a purse hitting the ground to the death of a woman catches you off guard. Rodriquez says it in such a tranquil manner that the tragedy seems to be unrealistic. He again shows romanticism somewhere else in the essay: On a Sunday in summer, ten years ago, I was walking home from the Latin mass at Saint PatrickÃ¢â¬â¢s, the old Irish parish downtown, when I saw thousands of people on Market Street. It was San FranciscoÃ¢â¬â¢s Gay Freedom Day parade-not marching backs. There were floats. Banners blocked single lives thematically into a processional mass, not unlike the consortiums of the blessed in Renaissance painting, each saint cherishing the apparatus of his martyrdom. (493) RodriguezÃ¢â¬â¢s comparing the parade with religious allusions makes it more glorious. He compares the parade of floats and banners to a Ã¢â¬Å"processional mass.Ã¢â¬ He satirically portrays gays as saints just as he is coming from church, which considers homosexuality as a sin. He is basically beautifying the parade. He romanticizes to capture your attention and to bring you into his world. He wants you to see things as he sees them. He wants to Ã¢â¬Å"defy anyone whoÃ¢â¬ ¦say[s] what is appropriate to my voiceÃ¢â¬ (Brown, xi). Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Rodriguez, in his essay Ã¢â¬Å"PeterÃ¢â¬â¢s Avocado,Ã¢â¬ expresses Ã¢â¬Å"[b] rown as impurity,Ã¢â¬ (Brown, 194). This brown is not brown as color but as something Ã¢â¬Å"mixed, confused, lumped, impure, unpasteurized, as motives are mixedÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ (Ã¢â¬Å"PeterÃ¢â¬â¢s AvocadoÃ¢â¬ , 197). However, brown can be... ...of the United States not for the battles and politics, but for the transformation and complexity of language that occurred through the centuries. Ã¢â¬Å"I eulogize a literature that is suffused with brown, with allusion, irony, paradox-ha! -pleasure,Ã¢â¬ (Preface, xi). With disconnected allusions, metaphors, and unrealism Rodriguez not only conveys his ideas throughout his essays but also is able to show us part of himself as a writer. He respects peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s role in society. He treasures how assimilation can change a culture. He has a passion for brown for converting color and race. He loves language for itÃ¢â¬â¢s continuous changes that it has been through over time. He values transformation, whether it is of color, culture, language, or a nation. Work Cited: 1.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Rodriguez, Richard. Ã¢â¬Å"Late Victorians,Ã¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"The Achievement of Desire.Ã¢â¬ Encounters: Essays for Exploration and Inquiry. 2nd ed. Ed. Pat C. Hoy II and Robert DiYanni. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000. 475-492, 493-505 ----. Ã¢â¬Å"The Triad of Alexis de Tocqueville,Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"In the Brown Study,Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"The Prince and I,Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"PeterÃ¢â¬â¢s Avocado,Ã¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"Hispanic.Ã¢â¬ Brown: The Last Discovery of America. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc, 2002.