Tame A Wild Tongue Message

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Reading 'How to Tame a Wild Tongue' by Gloria Anzaldua was a very different form of writing in which I'm used to reading. It sort of reminded me of a foreign movie with English subtitles; to me, subtitles can't really grasp the meaning and emotion behind the word it's used to replace. At first just reading the text 'How to Tame a Wild Tongue' I understood Gloria Anzaldua message, yet I wasn't really able to feel sympathy for how she and her people feel/felt due to the fact that I've never been in that situation or seen someone being put in such a situation. I did, however, feel sorry for her, but didn't comprehend the extent of damage it caused her emotionally until I watched the video 'Our Spirits Don't Speak English'. This video really enveloped the emotion behind the text and brought me to tears, it conveyed meaning to the …show more content…

The value and identity on which people mark themselves on is language; that's what I got to see when Gloria Anzaldua wrote, "So, if you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity - I am my language." Living in a Jewish community, I get to see this every day, how the 'Jewish' language - Hebrew - is taught in all studies and schools; because Hebrews is who they are and how they identify themselves, and that comes before the country in which they live in. For some, people they attribute themselves as 'American Jews' and others refer to as 'Jewish Americans'. Stripping someone down of their true core is crushing their being, their existence. And it's with the strength that Gloria Anzaldua had was she able to write the problem that arises with people that are destroyed by others for unquestionably no reason; just so they aren't able to use their voice, their mother

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