The Mother Tongue By Amy Tan Essay

1270 Words Mar 14th, 2016 6 Pages
First, both essays are written in first person persepectives by first generation of English speakers living in America, their parents came to America and have yet to perfect the English language. Even though these women were both living in America they are still considered outsiders by American standards. This is because of their primary language and *ethnic backgrounds*. Both women assert their feelings about social and cultural difficulties they are faced with when being first generation English speakers. In the "Mother Tongue" , Amy Tan, a First generation Chinese-American, finds a passion for language and has mastered all the different "Englishes" that she speaks. Through her mother, Tan encounters the unfair treatment and negative socialization her mother deals with because of the "broken" English she speaks. Tan, like many other people, perceived her mothers language was "broken" so inturn, she must be "broken" too. "I believed that her English reflected the quality of what she had to say. That is, because she expressed them imperfectly her thoughts were imperfect." (Tan) However, in the essay "How to Tame a Wild Tongue", Gloria Anzaldua finds that "she is her language", being a Mexican-American Chicana and speaking different dialects of Spanish, Spanglish and English, she finds that she has a hard time figuring out who she is based on her many languages, she feels that she don 't necessarly fit in a specific group or culture. Anzaldua wants to preserve her native…

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