Bilingual And Bilingue By Rhina P. Espaillat Essay

1209 Words Sep 26th, 2015 5 Pages
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 “Bilingual/Bilingüe” by Rhina P. Espaillat portrays that taking away one of a bilingual person’s language is like taking away part of who they are.

The ability to be able to speak two languages, or to be bilingual, is what makes a person who he/she is because no person is the same as another. In the speaker’s perspective, she assumes her father wants to keep the languages separated and “cut in two his daughter’s heart and lock the alien part” (Line 3-4). This quote’s concrete meaning is that the daughter’s heart would be cut in two pieces, one would be the English portion and the other would be the Spanish portion; in her father case, the English portion is the “alien”, or weird language that should be locked away. Abstractly, the reader…

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