Reflection on Readings Using Comparison and Contrast Maxine Hong Kingston (Tongue Tied); Richard Rodriguez (Aria); Gloria Anzaldua (How to Tame a Wild Tongue)

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Thesis: All three authors portray the voice of many people, who, on a daily basis, are underprivileged of speaking their own language, thus, emphasizing onto the lives of linguistic minority students around the world and how they struggle to cope in school and at home.

Audience: Class HUM-111 and Dr. Connelly

Purpose: To highlight the difficulties students have at school and at home when it comes down to learning a language which they aren’t acquainted to and the consequences of such, depending on their social background.

Reflection on readings using Comparison and Contrast
Maxine Hong Kingston (Tongue Tied); Richard Rodriguez (Aria); Gloria Anzaldua (How to Tame a Wild Tongue)

In the short story’s ‘Tongue Tied’, ‘Aria’ and
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This is evident when she says: “I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing” (299).

Further through the short story, Anzaldua justifies her existence to “a language which they can connect their identity to, one capable to communicating the realities and values true to themselves”; it is a language that mixes Spanish and English (296). As a result, Anzaldua, unlike Kingston, accepts her differences in order not to feel excluded from society and left hanging between to worlds. According to her, the Spanish speaking citizens living in America have developed several “…secret language[s]…”, such as Tex-Mex and Pachuco, which allow them to feel and be distinct people to fight the issue of bi-culturalism (296). The American system has forced the Spaniards to adapt to the way society works, which explains why they are “…complex, heterogeneous people…” who speak many languages” (296). In contrary, Kingston is unable to adapt to the American society and struggles through finding a place in society which makes her feel existent. Although Chinese school is a short moment of evasion during her day where she, amongst the other Chinese children, feel free and recognise that there Chinese identity is not completely vanished, Anzaldua ultimately understands and accepts that the reason why she can’t find a place in either of her two identities is purely because “…the silence had to do

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