Summary Of Native Tongue By Gloria Anzaldua

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In her essay, Gloria Anzaldua claims that languages come with both personal identities and cultures. We are nothing whether we did not have our own languages. By telling the stories of her as a student such as when her teacher told her “if you want to be American, speak ‘American.’ If you do not like it, go back to Mexico where you belong.” (Anzaldua 206) By this, she presents the racism between language and culture that she has to speak the local language (American) rather than speaking her native tongue. Anzaldua has made a good point when she gives a quote from Kaufman in order to show how important of language and the identity. She presented: “Identity if the essential core of who we are as individuals, the conscious experience of the self
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