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Mother Tongue

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

Throughout Amy Tan's essay, ***** compares the English she ***** everyday, ***** the ***** she uses with family and close friends. She uses the English she has learned as a tool to express the stilted English ***** m*****kes up her cultural memories and ***** words of ***** mother. ***** writes, "But ***** me, my *****'s ***** is perfectly clear, perfectly natural. It's my mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, full of observation and imagery. That w***** the language that helped shape ***** way I saw things, expressed things, made sense ***** the world" (Tan). Therefore, some of Tan's earliest ***** include memories ***** her *****'s stilted English, which is both comforting ***** cultural to her. She knows ***** mother's education and ideas are not stilted, but also recognizes ***** her limited ***** of speaking might make her appear "limited" or less than perfect to ot***** listeners. She n*****es, "I've *****d other terms used, '***** English,' for example. But they seem just as bad, as if everything is limited, including people's perceptions ***** the limited Engl*****h speaker" (Tan). ***** recognizes the 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 ********** cultural upbringing as it ***** about formalized and wr*****ten language, as Tan's experience clearly indicates. ***** culture is interwoven with her *****, and so, ***** has many d*****ferent options open to her to communicate, and her style depends just as ***** on ***** audience as her education and understanding of the language. In fact, Tan *****es, "Sociolog*****ts and linguists probably will tell you that a person's developing ***** 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 of the child" (Tan). Families play an important part in the development of their *****ren, ***** language is an important part of that development. Tan's embarrassment about her ***** English is just one ***** of the culture that shaped her as she grew up. To combat her embarr*****sment, she used Engl*****h as a tool to cre*****te an as*****nishing career for herself. Thus, Tan used the ***** of her youth to form her future.


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