A Literary Analysis Of Fish Cheeks, By Amy Tan

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In the passage “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan she talks about her Chinese heritage and her love life. The theme of this story is no matter how much a person tries to change how they are viewed on the outside, they will always be the same person on the inside. They have to be proud of what and who they are. So many things can make a narrative interesting and entertaining to a reader. This piece mostly contained concrete imagery. It was short and straight to the point; she didn’t use many techniques to develop the story. Nonetheless, the personal narrative was still very good
Tan talks about how she fell in love with the minister’s son when she was fourteen. His family got invited to their house one Christmas Eve and Tan didn’t know how to handle it. “When I found out that my parents had invited the minister’s family over for Christmas eve dinner, I cried” (1). She shows how distraught she was at the fact that
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Tan was the narrator of her own story. By her doing this, we related to her feelings throughout the story. Also, using this technique was a good wat to entertain the reader while making the theme clearer to us. There was also a use of a figurative language in this story. “He was not Chinese, but as white as Mary in the manger” (1). She uses this to describe how Robert was so more different than her. Tan used simple but sophisticated sentences to the develop this story but still in all it became a good personal narrative when it was completed. She put a lot of thought into the structure of the narrative with doing too much. This narrative revealed to us how she struggled with her culture because of a boy she liked. Tan did all of this in a simple short story. She didn’t over exaggerate on details and she was straight to the point. I think that was the main reason this story worked for me. She kept it simple and entertained us with the use of concrete imagery and a little
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