Although the essay Aria is not strictly chronological, Rodriguez structures it with signals to chronology. How does he do this effectively?

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Richard Rodriguez's essay, "Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood," is not structured strictly chronologically, but, instead, Rodriguez is careful to allow memory juxtaposed with commentary to provide an organizational structure that offers an emotional and coming-to-consciousness trajectory of one of his most controversial subjects, namely his staunch opposition to such programs as bilingual education and affirmative action.

The necessity of one's private, and therefore limited, language being superseded by the widely accessible and readily acceptable public language of the majority culture is a belief born from Rodriguez's personal experiences as the son of Spanish speaking Mexican immigrants living in the United States. Because his belief exists in direct contradiction to the aforementioned programs' ameliorative intentions, Rodriguez's use of personal experience, detailed through specific and at times heartbreaking memories, imbues him with an ethos and a sensitivity that may...

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