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Teaching - Social Issues

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce, d*****cuss, and analyze the essay "Mo*****r *****," by Amy Tan. Specifically, it will analyze how the author uses rhetorical strategies to make her argument, while cr*****iquing cultural standards. Amy Tan writes of the different forms of English she uses in her life, while illustrat*****g the myriad ways that people express themselves depending on their audience and ***** needs. Everyone uses different phrases and *****ions depending on their surroundings and their goals. Tan's essay applies to all of us, and because of *****, it is easier to read and easier to apply ***** everyday and classroom situati*****s.

Throughout Amy ***** essay, she compares the Engl*****h she ***** everyday, to the English she uses with family ***** close friends. She uses the English she has learned as a tool to express ***** stilted English that makes up her cultural memories and the words of her mo*****r. She writes, "But ***** me, my mother's ***** is perfectly clear, perfectly natural. It's ***** mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, full ***** observation and imagery. That w***** the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed things, made sense of the world" (Tan). Therefore, some of Tan's earliest ***** include memories ***** her mother's stilted English, which is both comforting ***** cultural to her. She knows her ***** education and ideas are not stilted, but also recognizes ***** her limited way of speaking might make her appear "limited" or less than perfect to ot***** l*****teners. She notes, "I've *****d other terms used, 'limited English,' for example. But they seem just as bad, as if everything is limited, including people's perceptions of the limited English speaker" (Tan). Tan recognizes ***** way people speak may categorize them for listeners, ***** yet that categorization could often not be further from the truth. How a person speaks is as much a part of their ***** upbringing as it is about *****malized and wr*****ten language, as Tan's experience clearly indicates. ***** culture is interwoven with her language, ***** so, ***** has many d*****ferent options open to her to communicate, and her style depends ***** as much on ***** audience ***** her education and underst*****ing of the *****. In fact, Tan notes, "Sociologists and linguists probably will tell you ***** a *****'s developing language skills ***** more influenced ***** peers. But I do think that the language spoken in the *****, especi*****y in immigrant families which are more insular, plays a large role in shaping ***** language ***** the child" (Tan). Families play an important ***** in the development of ***** children, ***** language is an important part of that development. Tan's embarrassment ***** her m*****'s ***** is just one ***** of ***** culture that shaped her as she grew up. To combat her embarr*****sment, she used Engl*****h as a tool to create an astonishing career for **********. Thus, Tan used the language ***** her youth to form her future.


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