What Is The Theme Of Fish Cheeks By Amy Tan

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People should be proud where there family came from and who they’re family are and not be embarrassed of their heritage. Many people today are uncomfortable of their backgrounds and do not have the pride everyone should have today. In Amy Tan’s story "Fish Cheeks" displayed imagery, figuration, and mood in her story. Ehast the story mostly reviews over is that people today do not take pride on who they are today, even though people do not like who they are personally, Tan does not stay true to herself and wants to fix everything who she is in the beginning of the story. The story uses irony Around the end of the story the author shows an important message that one should be proud of your roots and who you are. She does this by Tan’s mother …show more content…
The speaker states "This Christmas Eve I saw that my mother has outdone herself in creating a strange menu. She was pulling black veins out of the backs of fleshy prawns. The kitchen was littered with appalling mounds of raw food: A slimy cod with bulging eyes that pleaded not to be thrown into a pan of hot oil. Tofu, which looked like stacked wedges of rubbery white sponges. A bowl soaking dried fungus back to life. A plate of squid, their backs Crisscrossed with knife markings so they looked like bicycle tires"(Tan, pg.117-118) shows that at first she was embarrassed with the food her mother made, but at the end of the story the author says, "for Christmas Eve that year my mother had picked all my favorite foods."(Tan, pg.118) later we find out those foods were her favorite which I thought that's pretty ironic making your favorite foods sound terribly disgusting. This is where the story shows the reader that one should not care how other view you it only matters on how you view yourself. Me as coming from a hispanic backround my mother alwasy taught us to be proud of our roots even if one isnt present from another. I was raised salvadoriean by my mother and I am proud of the foods we …show more content…
She had handed me an early gift. It was a mini skirt in light grayish-brown tweed. But in the inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud you are different. your only shame is to have shame."(Tan, pg.118) This shows that you can try to be someone you're not but on the outside, but on the inside you must always be proud of your origins and who you really are. I would love to wear my dress made from El Salvador my mother brought for me when I was nine years old all the time over and over again. I didn't care that other kids would talk about how weird the colors were or what so ever all i cared is that it came from my mother and her

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