Using blended English will make writing easier to read, comprehend, and reach a broader audience. A variation of English Tan uses is an informal almost slang form of English she uses with her mother and spouse. In the essay introduction, Tan states “Don’t judge a book by its cover or someone’s intelligence by her English” (Tan, 2003, p. 20). She recognized the forms of English used to speak to her family are very unique and knowing the differences can have a
Rhetorical Precis #4: “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan Amy Tan’s purpose in her article “Mother Tongue” is to show the influence of her mother’s style of english. She also relates this to a more broad topic of the idea that there are many different types of english that people speak that are tailored to whoever they are speaking to. She begins this piece by stating plainly that she is not an english scholar. Instead of decreasing her credibility it actually increases it and paints this piece as a more personal set of observations rather than a bland overview of the entire language. By making it more personal it allows the reader to connect to the author because she seem like a normal person you might run into on the street rather than an isolated scholar.
Throughout the text, Tan explains the different types of English she uses and why she uses them. She focuses mainly on the English she uses when with her mother, the ¨broken English¨ or her ¨Mother´s tongue¨. She explains that she can go from speaking perfect English to saying a sentence such as ¨Not waste money that way¨ and not even realize she is doing it because both
She also appeals to ethos when mentioning that her mother read the Forbes report, listened to Wall Street Week, and read Shirley MacLaine’s books. Tan appeals to pathos when she stated that she is “someone who has always loved language” and is “fascinated by language in daily life.” She appeals to pathos again by stating that her mother’s language was “the language that helped shape the way I (she) saw things, expressed things, and made sense of the world.” She also appeals to pathos by describing how terms such as “broken” or “fractured” English bothered and offended her. Summary/Reflection: The use of dialogue and method of comparison are constantly used to help Tan develop and support her essay. Through the dialogue and comparison used, Tan is able to effectively display the differences in language between herself, her mother, and the rest of the world (such as the stockbroker and doctors handling the CAT scan.) Along with the use of dialogue and comparison, Tan’s essay focuses on numerous appeals to ethos and pathos, but not many appeals to logos.
How could she write about such a provocative topic in a mature and professional way? The liberal stories and poems were her biggest struggle in her Effective Writing course. But, as Mary Anne says, “Mama didn’t raise no quitter.” She embraced the new ideas and information she learned at college and sought to incorporate it all in her writing. Mary Anne loved being about to write more creatively instead of sticking to textbook five-paragraph essay format. She felt less anxious and crammed while writing papers.
That is why regardless which route the conversation takes of the daughter being the listener or having equal opportunity to speak it is still important. It assures the mother that she has done her job as a mother to teacher her daughter what is right, and assures the daughter that if she was ever unsure about something her mother would know. Readers were able to learn this as Jamaica Kincaid used the elements of repetition to share the personality and mindset of the mother and daughter. The revelation of those characteristics enhanced the story strongly and gave the readers to opportunity to understand both sides of the story and may have possibly helped them reconsider some things with their
An article from L.A. Times written by Megan O'Neil discusses the pros and cons of teaching the book in schools. The author interviewed a teacher who supported high schoolers reading the book and she had only positive things to say about the novel, "Capote’s work is a great fit for the class, because it introduces students to the American judicial system and the death penalty, among other contemporary topics. It is also superbly written and allows students to form their own opinions" (Ciotti). Ms. Ciotti believed the book would benefit her students greatly by introducing them to the controversial topics and letting them give their own opinions. A school board president agreed with Ms. Ciotti and had her own reasons for allowing the novel, “I whole-heartedly support the adoption of this book, not just because it is on the AP list, or because it represents a milestone in literature as the first nonfiction novel.
College as a whole can be an obstacle or just parts of it. For Linda, it was the first time she had to work hard at getting high grades, which according to her “was a good thing because that is what is required in the real world.” It taught her how to take on challenges and responsibility for the things she wanted in life. The biggest obstacles in her studies were those classes that required drawings and three-dimensional draft plans. According to my mom, in a hindsight, the most important lesson she took out of this experience was not about flying, but about seeing assignments through. To students who want to follow their dreams, my mom recommends that they consult with their parents and listen to their concerns.
By providing Mrs. Tan’s speech, Tan demonstrates to her readers how her mother’s English is not perfect in a grammatical sense, but it is understandable. The audience gets the impression that Tan’s mother speaks in “broken” English, but it is understandable at what is she trying to say. As well as having a greater understanding on how Tan felt angry when some people labeled Mrs. Tan unworthy to listen to because she had difficulty speaking English. The effect was intentional because Tan included the whole quote to really cement the fact that Mrs.Tan spoke English, but not well. At the same time, it allows Tan’s audience to understand what her mother said and how absurd it is to deem her as
I found myself asking throughout the story, if those kids which were fed the fixed mindset would be harmed. In other words would they be able to change back into the growth mindset or would they be permanently stuck in the fixed mindset? I feel like the kids future was not worth all the evidence she provided. From the reading standpoint, I believe that all her research was good. It made her novel extremely convincing.