September 21st, 2012
Critical Analysis Essay I have chosen “Mother Tongue” for the subject of my essay. I chose this essay because Amy Tan has a unique writing style which has tone that is clear and identifiable. Tan makes her arguments in a way that is easily understood. While her tone is sometimes humorous and captivating, it still clarifies some serious issues. These qualities among others leave Tan’s work to be desired by almost any reader because her tone and style are both genuine and upfront. This essay will talk about how Tan’s work in her essay “Mother Tongue” uses several different styles and tones to make her point of regarding the differences of her communications with her
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The writers’ method of writing is clear and well thought out, but there is also the matter of what is actually being communicated, as appose to how she gets her thoughts across. While Tan explains the difficulties that her mother has with communicating clearly, she makes it clear that she has an unwavering respect for her mother, regardless of her misgivings and barriers. Although there aren’t many references to this fact directly in the text, it’s a kind of undertone that sets in with the reader, possibly without even being noticed. The writer does an exceptional job conveying this idea subtly, and without depositing it into the text. This is an example of how Tan has honed into her writing skills, while also using her natural abilities and personal identity to communicate well. Tan has a very unique style that is both complex in her method of getting her point across plainly, but also has a way of making the reader feel comfortable without even trying. Her perspective on life is one that has been toned and tested, and you can see her intricate and well thought out writing process in every corner of her works. Tan has an innate ability to make her thoughts and ideas known, and carefully considers to whom she is writing or communicating. All in all, Tan has earned her wings as a writer, and has both touched and impressed me with even the smallest of her essays.
Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue” The Arlington Reader, Bedford/St. Martin’s 2011