Compare and Contrast: “Fish Cheeks” and “Caged Bird”
The differences between a narrative and a descriptive essay determine the way in which the reader receives the story. The purpose of each is still very clear, to connect to the reader using story telling. In order for the reader to receive the story as intended, the author must create a clear picture of; events, settings, and purpose. In both pieces that I read, “Fish Cheeks” and “Caged Bird”, both writers were able to do this- each in their own way.
The first difference between Fish Cheeks and Caged Birds is the format of the literature. Amy
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Once you have finished the reading, you can understand the correlation of the bird and humans who dream to be free. In “Fish Cheeks” Amy discusses a specific day in her past, one Christmas Eve dinner. She goes on to establish the significance of the dinner that her childhood crush and his family had joined them for that particular dinner. She then tells of several moments in which she felt “embarrassed” and was ashamed of her Chinese culture. After the dinner is done, her mother tries to comfort her with simple words, “You want to be the same as American girls on the outside…. But inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame” (Tan, 2013). At the very end she establishes that later on in life, she realizes exactly what her mother was trying to tell her. She also finishes with appreciation for her mother cooking all of her favorite food that night (Tan, 2013). This is a very relatable scenario to anyone- American or foreign. Many people can relate to wanting to fit in, or to being embarrassed of where they come from. I think that Fish Cheeks message was less vague, and had a life experience for the basis- which gave it a lot of credibility.
The third difference between “Fish Cheeks” and “Caged Bird” was the usage of quotations. In Caged Bird there was less descriptive words, and no quotations used from actual dialog (Angelou, 1983). This made the piece