In Amy Tan article “Mother tongue”, Amy Tan was talking about her love and fascination of language

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In Amy Tan article “Mother tongue”, Amy Tan was talking about her love and fascination of language in daily life. Amy Tan explores the various forms of English that people from around the world use as they immigrate to the U.S. and how they are classified by the way they speak. Her mother plays a big role in telling of how her perspective on language has been changed. The author’s analyze the purpose and evaluate the effectiveness in her writing using persuasive devices to influence her audience. Through the article Amy use the various different rhetorical strategies such as the pathos and logos. Amy tan was raised by her Asian mother that she did not speak proper English “broken English”. The strategies that Amy Tan used in the…show more content…
She used pathos effectively in this essay to get the audience attention and tries to get them to realize the discrimination against her mother. She makes a lot of points throughout the entire reading about when her mother went to the doctor to get the results of a CAT scan; the doctors ignored her when she complained about them losing her results, she could not speak very good English, her best English “broken English” and she had come for nothing. It wasn’t until Amy Tan talked to the doctor that they apologized and cared to solve the problem. Amy talk to people for her because they would not respect her mother. She made it clear that what happened to her mother is not fair. Also Tan talked about the fact that she can understand her mother perfectly when at the time others people cannot understand even one word. It made her realize how important and different the language that she grew up with is. Amy Tan uses different rhetorical analyses to persuade the reader to understand that there are different English. Amy tan mean idea of “Mother Tongue” is to stress that just because someone cannot speak the English language to perfectly, that does not in any way make them

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