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 didn’t like dogs or cats or birds or flowers or nature or nice young men” (O’Connor 485), Hulga’s personality might be like this because of her wooden leg. She might have given up on herself because she is not able to do everything she will like. For example, a wooden leg is ugly, uncomfortable, and prevents you from doing certain things. Therefore, the leg is preventing Hulga from being who she really wants to be, that is why she pushes away everything that will make her happy and what define who she really is. The author does not directly mention this in the story, but by the way Hulga acts the reader can conclude that the wooden leg symbolizes her new
She had some facts that really didn't support her because there were no numbers. But her strong words and essay flow made it clearer that she knew what she was writing about. This is something that everyone should take seriously and not accuse women of
She has a photographic memory, but because of her disability she is prevented from speaking her mind and many doubt her ability to think on her own. Intellectual disability is a disability that has a number of limitations both in intellectual function which may include reasoning, learning, problem solving, and in adaptive behavior. Adaptive behavior covers a range of everyday social and practical skills. Melody was wrongly diagnosed with an Intellectual disability by a doctor to see how smart she was to be put into school. According to the text the doctor said,” Mrs. Brooks…it is my opinion that melody is severely brain-damaged and profoundly retarded.” However, maybe the doctor was
Sam Xiang Professor Luis Orozco English 28 18 June 2015 Intimacy family language In the short essay "Mother Tongue" by author Amy Tan she writes about her struggle with her mother's broken English. Amy compares her English to her mother's english. Tan describes their language as the language of intimacy because they understand each other. Many people did not acknowledge her mother's English because it was limited and broken. She started to become embarrassed and shameful of her mother's broken and fractured English.
It should make one more versatile and adaptable, like Tan’s mother. Growing up Tan tells a story about pretending she was her own mother in a conflict communicated over the phone; she expressed her shame about the situations that broken English had put her in. Unfortunately, her mother’s English was so poor there was no other way to mitigate the situation. Using “broken” English, her mother always seemed to resolve her issues and go about her life quite easily. If her mother spoke a broken form of English and managed to accomplish things in life, one should be able to write this way.
Many people choose to put their feelings away rather than expressing them. Those who have the ability to show emotion are usually more likely to open up and connect with others. In the book Ordinary People, Beth was a character who struggle with many personal issues. One being that she didn’t like to show people how she felt; which is lead to believe why her point of view was not in the book. Beth’s point of view is not in the novel because Guest tried to show how cold and emotionless she was; expressing feelings came easy to Conrad and Calvin where as Beth struggled with emotion.
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
She supplements her article with anecdotes from her own childhood and family members. Thes memories enable her to establish a connection with her audience and as such her pathos appeal is significant. Her educational background and intimate knowledge of the subject matter enables her to explore ways of convincing the audience. On the other hand, Gray’s position is lacking in the use of pathos since it is essentially a bashing of the Prime Minister’s apology speech. The feature is riddling with facts and figures which are not likely to dissuade the audience to her personal point of view.