Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

1060 WordsSep 18, 20155 Pages
I was twelve years old when my family decided to move to America and I can still recall the memories when I left India. I was horrified. What worried me most was going to a new school where I would have to communicate in an unfamiliar language. I feared that other kids would look down upon me for my inability to speak English properly. However, in the essay “Mother Tongue”, the author Amy Tan gives a different, a more optimistic outlook on the various forms of English that immigrants speak as they adapt to the American culture. Using simple language to develop her argument, she casually communicates to the audience rather than informing, which helps the audience understand what is being presented. Tan’s mother plays an important role in her outlook of language because she helps her realize that language not only allows one to be a part of a culture, but also create one’s identity in society. Amy Tan shares her real life stories about cultural racism and the struggle to survive in America as an immigrant without showing any emotions; which is an enlightening experience for the audience. It reveals how a non-native English speaker handles everyday situations. Through the effective use of simplistic tone in the introduction, Amy Tan persuades the audience to keep an open mind about the topic, prejudice against improper English. The audience that Amy Tan is trying to reach with her message in the essay includes many types of people, including those who, like her
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