Amy Tan And Anne Lamott Essay

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Amy Tan and Anne Lamott are both very accomplished writers. Tan wrote the best selling novel, The Joy Luck Club, and Lamott with Bird by Bird. The pieces I am comparing and contrasting by these two authors are Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue”, and Anne Lamott’s “Crummy First Drafts”. One thing that drew me to picking these two pieces was the fact that they were both women. I like that they are very successful writers who grew up during the times when women were not yet treated equally. In her essay, “Mother Tongue”, Amy Tan discusses the hardships with her and her mother’s types of English, while in “Crummy First Drafts”, Anne Lamott talks about getting over your fears of writing the first draft of a paper; both of the authors essays vary in structure and tone, but have similar styles and purposes for writing. One similarity of both essays is Lamott and Tan both have a similar purpose. Tan’s purpose is to show people how even if you have a language barrier, you should not judge them on their outside appearance. For example, in Tan’s essay she says, her mother was in the hospital and the nurses would not give her the time of day since they had trouble understanding her. Tan came in and talked to the nurses about finding her mother’s test results and they ended up finding them (420). The nurses did not consider how Tan’s mother felt when they ignored her. Similarly, Lamott’s message is that your first draft does not have to be amazing, the writing process take time. No one should…

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