Amy Tan's, “Mother Tongue” and Alice Walker's “Everyday Use” both share similar traits in their writings of these two short stories. “Mother Tongue” revolves around the experiences Tan and her mother had due to her mother's English speaking limitations, she also revolves her story around the relationship of a mother and daughter. Alice walker on the other hand writes a story narrated by “Mama” the mother of two daughters Maggie and Dee and explains the conflicting relationship she has with Dee, both writers similarly emphasize on the relationships these mother and daughter characters had and they unravel both short stories based on these relationships. Although both short stories
While Amy Tans’ tone is carefully crafted and constructed, she does have her own way of communicating that is unique. It could be compared with hearing a story that is full of inherent truths from a sage elder, or someone you respect greatly. Tan has a clearly knowledgeable and almost wise way of corresponding her thoughts and ideas. There are traces of this tone in the text if you are keen enough to notice it (Tan p.37-38). To the contrary of my previous point, this is an example of a tone that may not have been forged purposely by the writer, but rather a tone that is simply natural to how Tan writes, an involuntary product of how Tans’ own personal experiences have fashioned themselves in her writings and articles. If you’ve ever read any other of her works such as “The Joy Luck Club”, you can notice a similar tonality. Tans’ tone could be described as patient, or fulfilling. The writer isn’t afraid to take her time in writing out a story in detail, and she has an excellent way of bringing her words around full circle in a way that gives the reader a sense of closure. You can clearly gather from the text that the writer has put a lot of time and effort into what she has written, without losing her
Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California, in 1953. In 1970, Tan majored in English at San Jose State, in California. Tan began a carrier as a technical writer after she graduated, at the University of California. However, she changed her writing because she was inspired to write fiction book after reading of Louise Erdrich's novel “Love Medicine”. As a result of this, language has helped Amy Tan in becoming the successful writer she’s today. It helped her express her complete thoughts in a way that everyone who reads, understand. Additionally, the type of language that she uses in her writing makes people take her seriously and as important as everyone else.
The mother-daughter relationship is often scrutinized, publicized, and capitalized on. Whether from tell-all biographies, to humorous sit-coms, or private therapy sessions, this particular relationship dynamic gives some of the most emotion-activating memories. When female authors reflect and write about their relationships with their mothers, they have a tendency to taint their reflections with the opinions they have as an adult, reviewing the actions of their mother when they were young. These opinions set the tone of the story independently and in conjunction with the relationship itself and manifest in creative literary styles that weave an even more intricate story. Case in point, when reviewing the two literary works “I Stand Here
The main rhetoric appeal used by Tan is pathos, the appeal to emotion. Language becomes an obstacle for Tan because her mother speaks limited English. Amy must be an interpreter for her mother in instances where her mother cannot communicate effectively. ?And sure enough, the following week there we were in
Our mothers have played very valuable roles in making us who a we are and what we have become of ourselves. They have been the shoulder we can lean on when there was no one else to turn to. They have been the ones we can count on when there was no one else. They have been the ones who love of us for who we are and forgive us when no one else wouldn’t. In Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds,” the character Jing-mei experiences being raised by a mother who has overwhelming expectations for her daughter, causes Jing-mei to struggle with who she wants to be. “Only two kind of daughters,” “Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!”(476). When a mother pushes her daughter to hard the daughter rebels, but realizes in the end that their mothers
Furthermore, Amy Tan writes a wonderful short story about the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, yet one can be enriching. The theme of “Two
Amy Chua suggests that it is important for the children to acknowledge their parents and respects them. Chua expands on this positions when she states “Despite [the Chinese] parents’ brutal demands, verbal abuse, and disregard for their children’s desires, Chinese kids end up adoring and respecting their parents and wanting to care for them in their old age” (Chua 211). This shows that even though it seems like Chinese parents and their children are always bickering and arguing about things, it is only out of love and respect. Although the relationship between daughter and child in this book seems bleak, it is clear that Amy loves her kids very much and would never imagine losing them. The love conveyed between Amy and Lulu is evident because after they fight, they sit down and laugh together. Amy Chua considers herself a typical Chinese mother who aspires that someday her children will grow and take care of her and her husband.
In her short story "Two Kinds," Amy Tan utilizes the daughter's point of view to share a mother's attempts to control her daughter's hopes and dreams, providing a further understanding of how their relationship sours. The daughter has grown into a young woman and is telling the story of her coming of age in a family that had emigrated from China. In particular, she tells that her mother's attempted parental guidance was dominated by foolish hopes and dreams. This double perspective allows both the naivety of a young girl trying to identify herself and the hindsight and judgment of a mature woman.
Every individual in this world faces some type of problem through out their lives, and everyone overcomes them in different ways. People sometimes release their stress and problems through writing what they feel, and by writing they feel they go somewhere else. Amy Tan, a Chinese American, struggled with her true identity which influence her works which mainly focus on identity, the Chinese American dream, and family struggles. Amy Tan had a childhood full of ups and downs, and they are all part of her stories and poems. She overcame many obstacles in her life and learned many lessons that are all reflected in her works. Many of Tan’s works are about personal experiences she had and about her family.
Amy Tan, born February 19, 1952, was an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience. As a child Amy Tan believed her life was duller than most. She read to escape. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor or a concert pianist, however, she secretly dreamed of becoming an artist. She began writing fiction when she was thirty-three.
The writing style of an author is arguably one of the most important aspects when making a book as it is what keeps the reader invested and having them want to keep flipping through the pages, if you have a badly written and overall simple story, you will lose a majority of your readers and lower your credibility as an author. When it comes to Lalita Tademy’s “Red River”, she definitely nails an excellent spot for a well written story, but there are still flaws as with every author, nobody is perfect. Throughout this book, it is apparent that Lalita is fond of using
The tones which Tan and Sultaan use in their stories differ, as they each are writing about different experiences while expressing their feelings (Jack and Pryal 2016). The tone of Abida Sultaan’s The Memoirs of a Rebel Princess, begins with hatred and dread for learning. This is because of the harsh method her grandmother took in teaching the young girl (7). This tone continues through the story, and Sultaan’s attitude towards learning leads to her resistance and small rebellions towards her grandmother’s demands. Further into the story, Sultaan transitions this tone from
Although each author used different techniques to establish their writings, I found that each of them however were still very effective at getting their points across and creating a well written story. Authors may use different formats, tones, and organize the stories differently but these distinctive differences in their writing are what sets them apart from each
Writing is a form of art, and like a painting two people are able to look at the painting and give different interpretations of what they see, and the same is goes for writing. The author paints the reader a picture with words they use. some artist are better than others in the same way that some writers are better at expressing themselves than others. An example of an author that is able to paint a picture into the reader 's mind is Judy Brady in her writing“Why I Want a Wife”. She is able to captivate the reader into her writing by sparking an interest in what she has to say next. However, looking into her writing, the reader is easily able to see the flaws in her words. She over uses repetition, transitions points poorly, is over stereotypical, makes illogical claims, and is overly insensitive.