An Analysis Of The Poem, Being Bilingual Make One Unique

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Being Bilingual Make One Unique

The speaker in the poem, Bilingual/Bilingüe, is bilingual and proves to the reader how much she loves Spanish as well as English, wanting to be able to keep both languages together and speak both of them fluently. Contrastingly, the father in this poem strictly tells his daughter only Spanish is allowed in their household, which makes both languages, Spanish and English, divided or separated from each other. On the other hand, the speaker, who appears as the daughter in this poem, continues to teach herself English because being bilingual is what makes her feel unique, not ordinary like everyone else. Therefore, the speaker tries to find her way around it and study the language by herself, secretly. The poem
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Instead, she “hoarded secret syllables” (Line 12), meaning she taught herself English without telling her father—which is why did it secretly—because she is interested in learning both of the language in which she loves and knows. Furthermore, when the speaker wrote “I knew how to be dumb and stubborn; late, in bed” (Lines 10-11), a reader might interpret it as if she is disobeying her father and not listening to his rule. However, that may not be the case for the reason that the daughter knows what she wants and is not afraid to go for. When she said that she knows how to “play dumb”, she knows how to be sneaky in a way to get what she wants, which is to learn how to read and write English. Additionally, towards the end of the poem in lines 15-18, she states that she feels like her father new about her actions and loves the words she is using, however, did not want to hear them because they were English words. Therefore, she is not really disobeying her father if she is still using words to which he loves, so the daughter did not want to change who she is. Furthermore, she continues to gathers information—English syllables, or English words—until she speaks English fluently and her “tongue learned to run” (Line 13), meaning she would be able to speak and write English; if she never had achieved it, she would not have been able …show more content…
As the father clearly tells his daughter that he does not want to hear her speak any English word, what so ever, she still practices English without telling him. Although, she cannot help herself because she loves both, English and Spanish. Furthermore, she still continues to practice English and trying to get her father to accept the fact that being bilingual is who she is; it is what makes her

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