Tan puts many her life experiences as evidence to persuasive readers that just because someone can’t speak perfect english doesn’t mean this person is unintelligent. In the ending, she impresses readers by pointing out her mother tongue teaches her the goal of writing which is to reach the depth of one’s heart. For readers, it is easy to feel Tan’s love and appreciation to her mom from her severe language and casual tone. As for Tan herself, a good book is the one that her mom regards as “So easy to read”(314 Tan’ mom), because she believes her mother tongue will lead her to know her mom’s world
When Taylor says this, we can see that she is glum and heartbroken. The tone Taylor uses in the novel varies from page to page, which makes the book more enticing as the reader flips through the book, wondering what will happen next. On one page she is sad and glum, but on the next she is grateful for her beautiful baby boy, her friends, and her
Mother Tongue by Amy Tan tells how Tan and her mother were being treated as Chinese-American who spoke with a “broken” English accent. Tan talks about the struggles of starting off her writing career as many would say her English was not perfect or her writing was not that great but the support of her mother she finds her passion for writing and English in general. Breaking out the English by Arthur Chu explains his story on how he was ridiculed by his peers because his English was too perfect, so he spent a lot of time trying to sound like a “normal” Chinese-American citizen while still trying to stay true to himself. Mocking “Foreign Accents” and the Privilege of “Sounding White” by Muslim Reverie speaks on how we (as Americans) classify
The tone helps the reader build the characters life story, and how they feel at a certain time. Sometimes the author may put figurative language to portray what the character is feeling, and sometime if the text is extravagant, it may cause the reader to feel the same way, such as this quote, “One more stab to the heart, one more reason to hate. One less reason to live.” (page 109). This is such a powerful emotion of hatred toward something that is very sad, such as when Eliezer lost his father. The tone and mood enhance the text by adding detail and facts.
Another tone is peacefulness which the author also presents in the concluding paragraph. The narrator says, “the scenes have never changed, only my perspective” with this, the author shows how the narrator has come to peace along with her being thankful “it took the birth of [her] first child to truly see the whole
“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan is the short story about the importance of language and how it is a key for communication. Tan emigrated from China to Oakland, California and she was a first generation of Asian-American. The author is very fascinated by the language and she believes that the language has the power of emotions, a visual image, a complex idea, and a simple truth. She also believes that there are many different types of “Englishes”. In the short story, Tan talks her story of the English she speaks, and how much people her around can change the way you converse.
The connection between the child and parent in Amy Tan’s, “Mother Tongue”, was connected more through helping her mother. While on the other hand, in Sandra Cisneros’s, “Only Daughter”, she was aiming to achieve approval from her father who was more distant with his daughter, mainly due to his cultural background. Language with only daughter was to connect Cisneros with her father and for him to understand her. In Amy Tan’s, “Mother Tongue”, language with her mother was to make the world understand that even though her mother’s English skills aren’t as proficient, that she wasn’t inferior or unable to
The novel contains an abundant of physical, verbal, and emotional aspects regarding Tan and her mother through the excerpt to set the tone. The excerpt, from Tan’s point of view, begins immediately with Tan’s mother switching off the television and forcing Tan to stand up and pulling against her will towards the piano room. As this confrontation progresses, the pair get into a fierce argument. This is expressed when Tan and her mother were struggling with each other and Tan screams, ”you want me to be something I'm not!”....”I wish I were dead! Like them!”(Tan 141-142).
She wanted to believe that her hardships were only temporary, so she looked to story book characters as her friends and a refuge from reality. She is very good at vivid description and dialogue as well as her prose- using ordinary language without meter and making it sound beautiful. It creates a mental image in the mind of the reader. She also describes things abnormally, which makes the reader think of whatever is being discussed in a different light. It is very colorful
Altogether, her appeal offers clear, specific ideas that solidify her argument and prompt the audience to view the subject of the text similarly to the way she does. Lastly, Tan appeals to pathos through anecdotes that share themes of hardship and tribulation. In one instance, she discloses, “When I was fifteen, she used to have me