What Is The Theme Of Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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Not all people who speak the English language speaks it the same way. In the essay, “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan analyses how the societies judge people by the way they speak. Tan talks about her mother having limited English, since that people give her less priority than needed. Her mother can understands every word that fluent English speaker says, however, it is hard for her to express her words. In the essay, “The F word”, by Firoozeh Dumas illustrates her personal anecdote to describe the societal problems. She describes that her family is one immigrant who comes to the United States and faces many challenges to fit the land. Dumas argues that it was extremely difficult for them to settle. American often judges them because of their …show more content…
She defines herself speaking different types of English in a particular place. She talks in a “Broken English” with her mother to better communicate with her, while she speaks extremely fluent English outside the home. She often picks up call for her mother and impersonate her mother 's voice because most of the times her mother gets ignored by the people. Tan describes her mother as Stockbroker in the New York whiles impersonating her mother 's voice. It basically appeals to the logos in the story because although her mother has a broken English, she is a stockbroker. She also talks about how the mother tongue has shaped her life. She said, “That was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed things, made sense of the world.” Many people have their own style of speaking, and expressing things. When Tan speaks in a Broken English, most of her colleagues or other people do not tend to understand. In the beginning of the story, she describes herself, “I am not a scholar of English or literature [...] I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language”(Tan). By stating her educational background, she appeals to ethics by persuading people that she is an eloquent speaker and writer. She appeals to audience’s emotion when she explains the situation that her mother has to face through. These are the evidences which describe her living as an immigrant, even she is a citizen of the …show more content…
Both of the essay, “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan and “The F word” by Firoozeh Dumas talks about how the American society perceives to other cultures. In the Mother Tongue, people often ignore immigrants who are inarticulate with speaking English. Similarly, American society often ignores people with different cultures and embarrass them with certain things. These both essay places a high emphasis on appeal to audience’s

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