The article 'Mother Tongue ' by author Amy Tan is about the variations in the English language the author uses in her life. She describes her English when giving a speech to a other people, English she uses when speaking to her mother, and English she uses in her writing. She tells of difficulties faced by both her mother and herself from these many differences. Amy 's goal in this article is to show that a person does not have to speak proper English to be seen as smart or intelligent. Amy explains the many variations of English that she had been exposed to and still uses.
With the use of these three rhetorical strategies, she can get the reader to comprehend that every girl has the right to an education. Throughout the novel, Malala utilizes influential ethos while talking about how difficult it was for a girl to attend school in peace so that the audience will believe her story. For example, in the novel Malala states “The trips from school became tense and frightening, and I just wanted to relax once I was safe inside my home”. (Yousafzai,pg.62) This quote is included so that the reader will be able to perceive how she and the other girls felt while trying to obtain an education. Also, her purpose of
And it was perhaps the first time she had heard me give a lengthy speech, using the kind of English I have never used with her" (Tan 1). This quote from the narrative showed the author 's realization of the difference in the way that she speaks in different environments. Later Amy grasped that she uses the same type of English with her husband, but she comprehended that it was the language of family talk or the language she grew up with. Tan starts to tell her mother 's story about the gangster that wanted her mother family to adopt him. She states, "You should know that my mother 's expressive command of English belies how much she actually understands" (Tan 1).
After reading Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, my perspective changed about the struggles for people who are not as good at English. All throughout this article Tan uses personal experience from her mom to show the readers the struggle while also using primary sources to back up her claim. All the evidence backs up her initial claim and as the reader your perspective changes after reading about how she personally was effected. The author 's main claim of Mother Tongue is to persuade people so respect people who struggle with English because she has serval personal connections, she has fact based proof, and she is an experienced writer on this topic and in general. All throughout the reading she uses many personal stories and personal experiences on how difficult it was for her mother to go through her everyday life.
Cofer could speak, read, and write in both languages, making her a translator- and often decision maker- for her monolingual mother. This curve in identity allowed Cofer a new aspect on ethnicity as a whole. In each of her writings she combines the two cultures in a way that makes a story, and sends a message to readers. Her American experience was at first a negative one, associated with movement and instability, but as time wore on she found herself mastering English and pursuing a career in a culture other
Have you ever wondered how it feels to be misunderstood or to not understand? In the short stories “Confetti Girl” and “Tortilla Sun” they have the same thoughts and i’m here to explain them. Both of the stories have feelings of being misunderstood and to not understand. To begin, in the Confetti Girl in paragraphs 1-2 it talks about her mom in the past. She remembers what she used to do with her mom after school and now that she's gone everything has changed with her dad now.
In addition to this, the mother who is speaking in first person, blatantly states the situations that she is dealing with, such as “my husband gives me an A for last night’s supper” (Pastan 883). This type of writing make it seem as if the mother is a robot, and not treated like an actual person. Pastan’s utilization of informal diction emphasizes how her use of simple and straightforward vocabulary is similar to the viewpoint and tone of the speaker. Just as the family gives the mother her grades, with no consideration of her feelings, she plainly giving her audience facts, which can be seen as a lack of empathy. However, at the end of the poem, we see a spark in the mother's characterization after she exclaims, “Wait ‘till they learn I’m dropping out” (Pastan 883).
By dividing her essay into three sections, Tan separates and clarifies her main points and ideas all while keeping the essay flowing and focused. Each section focuses mainly on a different subject, yet they all relate to each other in a way. The first section introduces the whole message of the essay and provides insight into the language interchanged between Tan and her mother. The second section touches on some struggles encountered by Tan and her mother resulting from use of English. The second section also touches on how the language that Tan grew up with effected her later on in life as a person and writer.
She herself doesn’t realize it until it’s too late. This character is very naïve and it is going to get the best of her. To start Oates guides the reader to empathize with Connie by showing us how her mother speaks to her in a way that is emotional abuse. For instance, in the book it states “her mother who noticed everything and knew everything and who hadn’t much reason any longer to look at her own face scolded Connie about it” “stop gawking yourself who are you?” You think you’re so pretty she would say” (Oates, 389). From this statement we can quickly review that Connie’s mom obviously has a jealous reaction to Connie’s appearance.
It was also brought up that the statement is significant because it represents the turning point in her life because it is when she decides to become a writer (Group discussion, Oct 3). Then it was discussed that instead of just accepting that she is at a disadvantage because her mother speaks in ‘broken’ English she uses her it to her advantage (Group discussion, Oct 3). She learns to use all of her Englishes, which in the end help her shape the book she references at the end of her essay (Tan, 6). Another individual brought forward a few ideas including the idea that we shouldn 't let others perceive our strengths and weaknesses, the idea that it is good to push through stereotypes and not let them define you, the idea that no one perfectly fits a stereotype, and the idea that she proved those who believed that she was limited and could not be a writer wrong (Group discussion, Oct 3). Following the group discussion, I still agree with my original response, however, I also agree with the opinions of my group members because I had no sufficient evidence to prove them wrong and they had evidence to support their
Tan talks about the different types of English and the different circumstances she uses them. Most of her writings deal with issues of language and her relationship with her mother who spoke very broken English. She also talks about how that we are categorized on the way we speak. I want people to understand my point of view about what the author is trying to say because I can definitely relate to her paper because I came from another country and my English as a child considered broken but as I got older in school I learned, so not my Spanish considered broken. Tan indicates several different feelings when talking about her mother’s English.