Gloria Anzaldua's How To Tame A Wild Tongue

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Activist, Gloria Anzaldua’s narrative excerpt “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” She goes into the depth of ethnic identity While knocking down walls of linguistic and identity down. How one would identify themselves while broadcasting the struggles any person with culture has felt. She uses ethos, pathos, and logos alongside all five senses, making the reader feel they witness the efforts she went through if not observe then actually experienced. Anzaldua's thesis is that language is a part of one’s identity. People shouldn't let others try to tame their tongue or cut off their native language because once they do, they can disconnect a person from their culture and roots Anzaldua starts her story “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by sharing her experience with the language. She goes on to share times where she experienced discrimination in the language she spoke and how others would try to silence not just her voice but her culture. Anzaldua goes into the depth of this topic by using visionary writing along with her emotion capturing the audience’s feelings and attention. She uses a metaphor of someone trying to take her culture away by stating, “We’re going to have to control your tongue,” the dentist says, pulling out all the metal from my mouth. Silver bits plop and tinkle into the basin. My mouth is a mother lode. The dentist is cleaning out my roots,”(206). The central idea of the metaphor is that the dentist is a person who is not a minority trying to get Anzaldua to

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