She applies a mixture of English and Spanish along with quotation in both languages . On the first page, she writes “El Anglo con cara de incocente nos arranco la lengua. Wild tongues can’t be tamed, they can only be cut out.” (Anzaldua, 497) This mixing language use can also be seemed in subtitle and quotation. For example, under her subtitle “Overcoming the tradition of silence”, she quotes “ahogadas, escupimos……nos sepulta.” (Anzaldua, 498). It would be logical to conclude that she expects her audience to have some basic understanding about Spanish.
This quote is a neutral connotative word which means it could be positive or negative; it is neutral because it can’t be defined as negative or positive yet. And, lastly, the author tells the readers about what the immigrants think about moving to America. “All of us immigrants knew that moving to America would be fraught with challenges” (Dumas). This quote is an example of a negative connotation because it simply tells the readers that coming to America will be hard for immigrants. The word choice of the author helps the readers understand her emotions and ideas about her story.
In Leave Your Name At The Border, Manuel Munoz writes about how the anglicization of his name has affected him. This is an example of ethnocentrism, defined by dictionary.com as “a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own”. In particular, this concerns how Manuel’s name is pronounced in english as if it were a guide, rather than with the name’s original pronunciation. This harms Manuel as well as other hispanic Americans. This form of oppression exists because native english speakers tend to interpret foreign words and names as if they were in english; in other words, english speakers apply an english pronunciation of letters to foreign words.
Because they were trying to impose their own beliefs and power, they did not want these countries to maintain their old way of living. They stripped away much of their culture, and along the way, their languages. Imperialists became paranoid that because they could not understand what the people were saying, that they must be conspiring against them. Instead of learning these languages for themselves, legal bans were enforced with physical punishment
The apologies are used as “a mutual face-saving device” according to Tannen, and that is just another way to explain language manipulation. Like the usage of indirect language, profuse apologies or thank yous women often use, are used as manipulation to make the other party understand that they are not superior to them. It may be unneeded in most situations as Tannen explains, but it represents how these words manipulate the actions of the women using them, and the thoughts of the people who view them speaking this
Immersing oneself in a new community can come with difficulties such as language barriers and balancing two different identities. Firoozeh may have decided to add a “simpler” name, but had to deal with the emotional turmoil that came with people not knowing her actual Iranian heritage. Firoozeh also had to help her mother adapt to American culture by translating because her mother could not speak English. Firoozeh’s father had to adapt to the language barriers because his version of English was incomprehensible to the average American. Every single member of Firoozeh’s family had to adapt to American culture by giving up parts of their original identity because they had to make a place for themselves in their newfound
I think this fact expresses the measurements towards the regional differences in language. In different regions of the world language is looked at differently. For me, I strictly use language as a means to communicate. For Gloria, she uses her language to identify herself. That being said, the negative attitude that people have towards those who speak Chicano Spanish has a very big impact on her self-esteem.
Outline Question: How does the text conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a particular genre, and for what purpose? Source: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Points: Pride and Prejudice received much criticism by authors, such as Charlotte Bronte and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for being a mundane book with female characters that fit the cookie-cutter image of English life. Pride and Prejudice deviates from the social norms it is being accused of by showing and portraying female characters going against what was expected of them. An example being the refusal of marriage that would be financially securing for the family. Pride and Prejudice also deviates from social conventions at that time because Austen writes Pride and Prejudice as a social satire and makes humor of the traditional roles of women.
In other words, this means that gender roles are either supported or attacked in a piece of literature. The later is true for The Yellow Wallpaper, which Gilman uses to voice her criticism of the gender roles. It is kind of ironic that the very issue Gilman is condemning caused her to have many problems trying to get the story published. Various editors rejected her story because it was too melancholic. However, Yale University raises the questions if the editors “would have also rejected one of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories for the same reason”, implying that her struggle to get the story published was related to her gender (Galullo, 2016).
Mbue’s characterization that highlights the contrast between Jende and Neni creates a sense of irony that reflects her theme of how the American Dream is not possible due to the obstacles that separate immigrants from American culture. Mbue contrasts Jende and Neni’s beliefs on the reality of them achieving the American Dream and analyzes the irony in the evolution of their opinions. In the beginning of the novel, Mbue describes Neni’s concerns about their future success in America after she received news that Jende’s papers might not be validated by saying, “This helplessness crushed [Neni], the fact that she had travelled to America only to be reminded of how powerless she was, how unfair life could be” (62). She feels this “helplessness” because obtaining papers is yet another obstacle they must face to achieve their dreams