Analysis Of Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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In the essay “Mother Tongue” Amy Tan, the author, gives a different, a more upbeat outlook on the various forms of English that immigrants speak as they adapt to the American culture. Using simple language to develop her argument, she casually communicates to the audience rather than informing which helps the audience understand what is being presented at ease. Her mother plays an important role in her outlook of language, because she helps her realize that language not only allows one to be a part of a culture but create one’s identity in society. Amy Tan shares her real life stories about cultural racism and the struggle to survive in America as an immigrant without showing any emotions, which is a wonderful epiphany for the audience in realizing…show more content…
In the beginning of the essay she claims that she is “not a scholar of English… [and] cannot give much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country… [She is just] a writer.” By stating this in the beginning of the essay, she alters the audience audience’s opinion about reading the essay. Stating this in the beginning makes the reader wonder “Why is she so fascinated with daily life language?” One wouldn’t think this would be a boring scholarly text and continue to read to find the answer to that question throughout her work. Being an immigrant also gives creditability because sharing her past experience helps enforce her main idea in an innovating manner. As the essay progresses, Amy Tan points out her accomplishments in the stories of her mother to further build on to the…show more content…
Amy Tan tries to spread a non-discriminatory message through her words; telling not judge people based on the way he/she speaks a language. Amy Tan also tries to impose her idea of language bringing people closer. The “broken” English that she invented, just like many immigrants, brought her closer to her mother, even though she was looked down upon in her community due to her ability to speak fluently. This is seen when she had to speak to a doctor when her mother was diagnosed with brain tumor and the doctor told her they had lost the CAT scans. The doctor at this moment was not cooperating with her mother due to her inability to speak English properly. When Amy finally talked to the doctor they were able to find the results and had to give her an apology. This along with many other examples in the essay show how Amy had to help her mother out to get her message across. Using pathos in her stories, Amy Tan is able to connect deeply with those who have encountered such people that speak “broken” English or have judged others in the past. This also makes the audience sympathize for
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