How I Learned to Read and Write by Frederick Douglass and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

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"How I Learned to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass and" Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan are essays that share a common theme. The theme is opposition and how it is necessary to build strength. In the essay" How I Learned to Read and Write", Frederick Douglass explains that he was born into slavery and faced his own ignorance with a resolve to overcome this challenge. Faced with oppression by the master and mistress of the house, a young Frederick Douglass used any means necessary to defeat ignorance and open his mind up to great treasures of knowledge. In contrast, Amy Tan, the writer of the essay Mother Tongue, found opposition residing in her own thoughts and impressions. Tan a first generation Asian American reflects upon her love of writing and how living in a Chinese home influenced her use and understanding of the English Language. Living with a mother who spoke English in what Amy considered a less than perfect way, caused Amy to limit her view of her mother. When Tan experienced this one sided thinking about her own language abilities while in college it caused reason for reflection and a change of heart in the author. Opposition in all things is a necessary step in the learning process of this life. "How I Learned to Read and Write" and "Mother Tongue" contain contrasting examples of opposition. Using the literary elements of point of view, setting, and characterization will show their effectiveness in building strength thru opposition. Born into

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