Rhetorical Analysis Of ' How Of Tame A Wild Tongue ' By Gloria Anzaldua

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Rhetorical analysis for “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”
Have you ever been in a situation that people around you were speaking a language which you do not understand at all, and they diminished your home language when you tried to speak out? If not, at least someone did experienced the awkwardness and feel outrages of being put in such a situation. The article “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” is written by Gloria Anzaldua who was the sixth generation Tejana. She wrote this article to describe how living in United States as a Mexican was difficult and upset. She expressed her outrages toward people improper behavior to her home language. Below is my rhetorical analysis for this article.
Anzaldua had stated the situation at the beginning of the article. Once Anzaldua was caught for teaching the teacher how to say her name correctly, and the teacher was so mad and said the following sentence: “‘If you want to be American, speak ‘American.’ If you don’t like it, go back to Mexico where you belong.’”(page 497) Another scene show the situation from a society’s perspective:” At a risk of being fired, I swore my students to secrecy and slipped in Chicano short stories, poems, a play.”(page 502) Anzaldua described that not only as a child, but also as an adult, she was prohibited to use her home language in the United States. She uses these two examples to show us that even in United States which has advancing education, people still refused to accept a minor language, and even tried to turn…

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