从Richard Rodriguez的角度来看，有两个美国梦版本。第一个美国梦的版本是移民，他们是美国文化的局外人，生活必须改变。对于那些出生在美国，有一个不同的角度（Anzaldua et al，1987）。这种观点并不在于改变个人生活，而是在于获得尽可能多的资本，以保持已经取得的成就。从这个角度看，美国梦辜负了那些居住在国内的人，但并没有辜负那些作为移民来的人。美国梦在全球范围内充满活力，但这在美国已经开始死亡。从引用内存状态向读者解释策略明显饥饿起始段；“我已经把丑陋的建议。我偷了他们的书。我会有一个运行在这个岛”（Anzaldua et al，1987）。这段引言有一个典故，描述了莎士比亚在他的戏剧《暴风雨》中所使用的相关语境。通过扩展的意义罗德里格兹的小说，它变得明显，墨西哥状况已经解释了入门款书中英美观点强加自己反对通过语言、墨西哥条件政治，基于权力、民族教育。作者通过解释美国在墨西哥的弱势地位和在极端条件下生活的希望，进一步加强了美国梦的前景，尽管在许多方面反对。在英国人进入李察的私人生活之后，李察的世界发生了变化，走上了一条完全不同的道路，这是一条通向被同化的中产阶级美国男子地位的道路。作为一个新来的美国人，在小说的结尾，李察从最初的角度出发，完全疏离了他所属的根源，实现了新的美国梦。
From the perspective of Richard Rodriguez, there are two American Dream versions. The first American dream version is that of the immigrants who are outsiders to American culture and that life has to be changed. For people who are born in U.S, there exists a different perspective (Anzaldua et al, 1987). This perspective does not lie in changing an individual based life, but it lies in acquiring as much capital as one can to hold on to what they have attained already. From this perspective, American Dream fails those living within the country but does not fail those who come as immigrants. There is liveliness in the American Dream along with across the globe but this has started to die in U.S itself. The starting paragraph in the Hunger of Memory states to the reader an interpretation strategy evident from the quotes; “I have taken Caliban’s advice. I have stolen their books. I will have some one run on this isle” (Anzaldua et al, 1987). This introductory paragraph has an allusion depicting the related context used by Shakespeare in his play, the Tempest. By extending the implication to the novel by Rodriguez, it becomes evident that Mexican condition has been explained by the introductory paragraph in the book with Anglo-American perspective imposing itself in opposition to the Mexican condition through language, politics, education and race based power. The perspective of American dream is further enhanced by the author by explaining the weak Mexican position in U.S and the hope of living in extreme conditions even though opposed in so many ways. After the moment that Englishman comes into the private life of Richard, the world for Richard changes and steps on a completely distinct path, which is a path leading towards assimilated middle class American man status. As a new man in America, by the end of the novel, Richard feels estranged completely from the roots to which he belonged and achieved the new American dream from his initial perspective.