Literacy is political, historical, and material, as it is defined “in terms of what it has meant to people over time and through specific contexts” (Edmondson 148). Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” are both bibliographical writings about the author’s experiences and perceptions about race and language. Through sharing their experiences, both authors display that the highly proficient usage of language promises social authority and influence. They both face and overcome their societies’ perspective on their language proficiency. In fact, both writers present themselves as distinguished among their races with their eloquent writing abilities, which implies that their races are not
My Rhetorical Analysis Language is a part one’s identity and culture, which allows one to communicate with those of the same group, although when spoken to someone of another group, it can cause a language barrier or miscommunication in many different ways. In Gloria Anzaldua’s article, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”, which was taken from her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, she is trying to inform her readers that her language is what defines her. She began to mention how she was being criticized by both English and Spanish Speakers, although they both make up who she is as a person. Then, she gave convincing personal experiences about how it was to be a Chicana and their different types of languages. Moreover, despite the fact that her language was considered illegitimate, Anzaldua made it clear that she cannot get rid of it until the day she dies, or as she states (on page 26) “Wild tongues can’t be, they can only be cut out.” At the same time her attitude towards the English speakers is distasteful.
Thesis: Both authors in the essay “In Defense of Prejudice” and “Mommy What does ‘Nigger’ Mean?” address controversial topics in the world. While Rauch tackles the idea to protect minorities, Naylor discusses the power of language; however, they both hit on the different stereotypes presented to them throughout their own lives. By successfully using their own personal stories, both authors are able to justify their arguments and create credible personas for the audience. Paragraph I Topic Sentence: Rauch and Naylor were born in two different social spectrum of the world. Through their essays, they break down the social stereotypes through informing the audience of the unknown.
Richard Rodriguez’s memoir, Hunger of Memory, and Sandra Cisneros semi-autobiographical collection of short stories, House on Mango Street, encompass juxtaposing perspectives with regards to space. Rodriguez’s expresses the purging of one’s past ethnic roots, including his association with the Chicano/x community. He develops his public voice through his mastery of English and his astute scholarship. Cisneros and Rodriquez alike expose the bleak realities of their experiences with regards to their affiliations with their ethnicity. Cisneros proclaims authority by embracing her cultural hybridity.
“The Columbian Orator” has profound effects on Douglass’s life, as he recalls, “The readings of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery.” (Douglass, 2014, p. 132) Douglass’s ability to read empowered him to read documents which strengthened his stance against slavery, giving his arguments validity and basis, rather than only his biased opinion. As a result, he has the opportunity for a credible argument. He continues to further his pursuit of education by learning how to write. He conveys the importance of knowing to write by saying, “. .
In the culture we live in today, we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be”. We are expected and obligated to modify ourselves in order to live up to social expectations and to feel accepted by others. It is the fear of being an outcast that pressures us to mask our true identity. Therefore, in an American culture, one can form an identity and still remain true and authentic to oneself through nonconformity and self-reliance. Jon Krakauer’s novel Into the Wild portrays Chris McCandless’s journey of discovering his true identity through the idea of nonconformity.
Literature plays a vital role in enriching human experience as it provides readers with an opportunity to both engage with and challenge perceptions, by inviting readers into new worlds that teach them more about their own. By challenging personal perspectives and preconceived notions, literature can be a crucial catalyst for ideological change and the development of empathy, as seen through the exemplary works: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. Lee’s classic bildungsroman adeptly confronts racial and social discrimination in the segregated American Deep South, provoking readers to step outside of their occasionally marginalised perspectives and develop empathy as they push aside prejudiced stereotypes to seek
Michael Timko, a professor Emeritus (English) of the City University of New York seems to have the same opinions about this short story. “The author's central focus is on several aspects of human nature, especially the attitudes towards tradition and ritual, and the way humans look upon relationships, familial and others. In the story Jackson is asking the reader to look again at the various characteristics of human nature, especially in regard to the way human beings treat one another in religious, social, and civic contexts” (Timko). The lottery has started to be challenged by other communities, those communities are evolving with the morals that have started to be acknowledged in this time. This change is in essence attacking the traditions of those who still believe in the lottery as essential to their
W.E.B. Du BOIS and Dorothy Smith are the two theorists who provide early conceptualizations of consciousness. There are many similarities and dìfferences on hơw they theorize consciousness.Their theories similar in the way that they describe the oppressive experiences that the minorities face everyday and dìfferences on how to resolve the problem. For me, Dorothy Smith’s theorization of the Self is more applicable in my everyday lìe. Dorothy Smith and W.E.B Dubois
Social justice is defined as promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. The O’Hanlon organizer defined diversity as cultural differences in society that are related to such factors as race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, socio-economic status, physical/mental ability, religion, sexual orientation, and ideology. I will be talking about how Dominican’s core values which are scholarship, reflection, community, and service connects to the social justice and diversity on