Formal English Essay

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Binita Guchait Saha Prof. Isaac Eng 14 25 November 2012 Many writers share their experiences about literacy and language. The writer Helen Keller wrote The Day Language Came into My Life, an essay where she tells the reader her experience with how she learned how to speak, read and write even though she is blind and deaf. Amy Tan wrote Mother Tongue, an essay where she talks about the trouble of speaking English as an immigrant in a new country. Frederick Douglass wrote Learning to Read and Write, an essay where he talks about becoming literate during a time when slaves were not allowed to read and write. They all talk about literacy in their own ways, but at some point they all had some similarities in their experiences.…show more content…
But then, later on, as a result of bad influence from her husband, she became even more violent in her opposition to his learning to read than her husband himself. He felt that his knowledge only brought bad things to him and reminded him that he was a slave who could never be anything else in life. Overcoming this obstacle was one of the biggest challenges that Douglass would have to face. However, later on, he started making friends with all those he met in the streets of their neighborhood. He learned lessons and got more knowledge from them and would give bread in return. He said, “This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge” (Douglass 88) He used to read all the readings, magazines, news papers, and etc. to gain knowledge, he said, “The reading of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts” (Douglass 88) However, he wasn’t happy to learn literacy and become educated, because he said, “I would at time feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy” (Douglass 89) He saw an enslaved person escape and brought back to his owner again. He knew he also had to escape but he waited for a safe time to do so, because he was too young to make himself free and besides, he has to learn how to write. He “Might have occasion to
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