Barack Obama’s autobiography, Dreams from My Father (1995)
Based on Barack Obama’s autobiography, Dreams from My Father (1995).
Write a 5 page paper exploring the various ways in which Barack Obama constructed his persona. You might consider:
Father Comes to Visit
In conclusion, Obama felt scared and uneasy about going to a new school, but he would have to get use to it, because through out his life he would be discriminated based on his skin color.
Barack's Grandfather use to work in the furniture business and later became a life insurance agent.
Obama could see that he was unhappy with his new job.
Obama saw his grandfather began changing little by little because of his job.
Grandfather and Young Obama
“Slowly she had risen, playing by the rules, until she reached the threshold where competence didn’t suffice.” (56)
Obama had a hard time fitting in with the other children and felt like an outsider for being the only African American
Grandfather was more excited than Barack about the change.
Obama's father speaks to his class and the other children are amazed and they began to see Obama differently.
Obama could not sleep because his father was going to go to his school and speak to his class about Kenya .
Obama's favorite memory of his father was when, they both danced together, he felt like he finally bonded with his father.
Barack love to hear stories about his father, but when he saw him, he did not fit the image he had in his mind.
Obama finally feels that even if his father is not in his life now on, he got know his dad on another level.
“The deft contributions to this collection, together with its rich introduction, demonstrate that Barack Obama’s ‘Dreams from My Father’ demands literary reading and attentiveness to a range of literary and cultural histories,” said Jay Garcia, associate professor of comparative literature at New York University.
“In ‘Dreams from My Father’ Obama is most clearly engaging in the prose based craft of self-writing, one that spans many forms and genres from the novel and bildungsroman to memoir and autobiography,” Purcell said.
Academics, journalists and pundits have long mined President Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” for information that would point to his political beliefs, but few analyses have approached the book as a literary work — until now.
1990, by the way, was the year that Obama, the newly elected president of the Harvard Law Review, received a six-figure advance from Simon & Schuster to write what would become Dreams From My Father.
The emergence of a previously unseen writing sample proves all but conclusively that Barack Obama did not in any meaningful way write Dreams From My Father, the book that Time Magazine has called “the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.”