ReReading America Assignment #3 - Meza 1 George J Meza Dr Prayor English 1A2020_11485 20 February 2020 ReReading America Assignment#3 THE ESSENTIALS OF

ReReading America Assignment #3 - Meza 1 George J Meza Dr...

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Meza 1George J. MezaDr. Prayor English 1A2020_1148520 February 2020ReReading America Assignment #3THE ESSENTIALS OF A GOOD EDUCATION 1. The narrator is attracted to the kind of family life depicted on TV because of the wealth that is portrayed in the shows, in the TV show the family gives off the illusion of a picture perfect life with no problems, and the boy envies this. The boy thinks that his life is wrong because he isn’t living the same “perfect” life that they are living in the TV show. The boy's family has normal living circumstances, but the boy is comparing them to those of the TV family where he sees flaws in the way he lives. For example eating dinner in swim trunks, not being dressed up at the table. The boy's desires have so little impact on his family simply because they do not know any other way of living, they see no problems with how they live, therefore they see no reason to change their ways to accommodate the boys' liking.2. The narrator first goes looking for work to become “wealthy”, and to change his family's living situation by becoming rich. The meaning of work changes at the end of the story when the boy goes out again “in search of an overgrown flower bed and the dime that would end the day right.” The boy goes from wanting to work just to become wealthy, and changes to wanting to work for self gratitude. The work that the boy does is not work that will give him enough incometo change his family's living situation, but it is enough work to make the boy satisfied with himself and with the accomplishment of doing something for himself.3. When soto looked back on his 9 year old self and analized how he thought differently at the
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Meza 2time he saw that his thinking was wrong. The boy thought that in order to be happy and liked by society he had to become wealthy and change his style of living just to be accepted into society. Soto looking back now realizes that he had a “perfect” family one that cared for him and one thatall loved each other for who they were. “Our own talk at dinner was loud with belly laughs and marked by our pointing forks at one another.” (Soto 19) This is an example of the happy home life that the 9 year old Soto experienced, showing him that his 9 year old self thinking was wrongthinking that wanted to change his family for the lifestyle of the one on TV rather than being content with the real happy lifestyle that he already had.4. The role of “food and drink” played a significant part in this story by comparing and contrasting. It was like the “grass is always greener” analogy the boy saw the turtle soup on the TV and then asked if his family could one night eat turtle soup, but in reality the boy would not want to eat turtle soup he just is following what the TV shows. The family is lucky to all be fed and satisfied with the food they are already eating, but by showing what the other TV family eatsit shows the different types of lifestyles that are in the story. Therefore by showing both sides of
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