Dreams of My Father

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Summer Reading Assignment 1. Explain the author’s purpose for writing this book?

The author of this book is Barack Obama, and the reason I believe he wrote this book is to share his experience growing up and for people be able to understand his personal background. He shared experiences from being raised by his mother and grandmother while his father was living in Kenya, to him stating his keynote for the democratic convention in 2004. I believe he really wanted to show people where he came from, having a tough life growing up without his father in his life.

2. In what ways have your ideas about life or human nature changed after reading this book?

My ideas about life as changed after reading this book, because I living my life as a youth without my father either and just seeing how he handled it was very inspiring. Just seeing how he stuck to his education and worked hard through all adversity was great. I know I always complain because I don’t live with my birth mother or father and just seeing him fight through it to make it was changed my approach to life so much differently.

3. Compare yourself to the book’s protagonist. In what ways are you alike? How are you different?

I believe me and Barack Obama (who is the protagonist of the book) have a few similarities in our lives. For example, Barack Obama did not live with his birth parents; neither do I live with my birth parents. He values his education very much, I to value my education very much. Also his father is African and so is my father, we both have family in Africa and have visited. There are many differences: such as him not knowing his family much and his father passing away. I know my father but don’t have a relationship with him. Also he was raised by his grandparents and I`m being raised by my aunt.

4. What is your favorite passage from the book...
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