Analysis : Mother Tongue By Amy Tan And Dumpster Diving

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Carl Gustav Jung was a famous swiss psychiatrist that once simply said: “Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge”. To clarify, we as humans have this constant need to know everything about everything; to understand something is to think in every aspect; who, what, when, when, where, and why. Consequently, people judge because making assumptions about who an individual is, is way more efficient than actually getting to know the person. It is said to never judge a book by it’s cover, but we often sway from that idea to gain any type of information. Like essays “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan and “Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner, this idea is deflected. In both essays and through personal experience, it is evident that everyone is judged by the way we speak, act, and look thus affecting how we are treated. First, Amy Tan’s mother was not taken seriously because of the way she spoke. The way people speak can be a cover that affects how people communicate and understand each other. In the essay “Mother Tongue”, there are many occasions in which Tan’s mother was discriminated because of her “limited English.” Tan makes note that people do not take her mother seriously because of the way she speaks. “The fact that people in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her” (466). Tan’s mother was treated differently because of her “limited English.” At the hospital the doctors just assumed that she did not know what she was talking about. They ignored her request and told her to go home. In the essay, Tan describes a situation in which her mother’s inability to speak standard English prevented her from getting her the CAT scan she came for (466). Evident in this scene, the doctors did not take Tan’s mother seriously because of the way she spoke. Because Tan’s mother had difficulty speaking English, the doctors assumed she was wrong. Similarly, working at a supermarket, I have seen many employees and coworkers ignore customers because the way they spoke English was “limited.” Some would generally ignore the customers all together and pretend like they either were not there

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