Critical Analysis of "Mother Tongue" Essay

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Nicholas Wiest
Beverly Williamson
English 111
September 21st, 2012

Critical Analysis Essay I have chosen “Mother Tongue” for the subject of my essay. I chose this essay because Amy Tan has a unique writing style which has tone that is clear and identifiable. Tan makes her arguments in a way that is easily understood. While her tone is sometimes humorous and captivating, it still clarifies some serious issues. These qualities among others leave Tan’s work to be desired by almost any reader because her tone and style are both genuine and upfront. This essay will talk about how Tan’s work in her essay “Mother Tongue” uses several different styles and tones to make her point of regarding the differences of her communications with her
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Basically what the writer is trying to say is that if you consider who you’re communicating with, and think about how you are corresponding your thoughts, you can use it as a strong and effective method of communicating in a clearer way. 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
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