Analysis of "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan: DRAFT

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Mother Tongue is about the authors struggles with her linguistic identity, her mothers "fractured" or "broken" variation of english and the relationship with her mother. At the beginning of the piece we are told about the different types of english she would speak with her mother and with everyone else; we are then told how english wasn't Amy's strongest subject and later on we are told about the difficulties her mother experienced because of the way she spoke english and the prejudice she faced. In the text Tan uses a variety of stylistic devices to express herself, tans use of parallel structures is used frequently throughout the piece, for example she starts the first paragraph with the phrase "i am not a scholar of english" and…show more content…
However Tan also mentions how her mother "reads the Forbes repot, listens to Wall Street Week, converses daily with her stockbroker and reads all of Shirley MacLaine books with ease- all kind of things i can't begin to understand", most of the audience might be quite surprised with this, as it seems very unusual for a women from China and who has "watered-down" english to understand things of such complexity. This in itself proves Tans point of society's misconception and generalisation of people with different language backgrounds. In this text we notice that Tan uses very simple and easy to read english, however at the same time we are able to understand the complexity of her argument. The last paragraph emphasis how Tan is more concerned about her audience rather than the approval of critics and she doesn't need to write like a professor to get her point across. Moreover throughout the text has a pattern of using a personal experience then expanding on

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