Review of Entering Into the Serpent and How to Tame a Wild Tongue

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Gloria Anzaldua wrote two essays Entering into the Serpent and How to Tame a Wild Tongue. It is difficult for me to understand because both of these two essays are in English and Spanish. I think it is the author’s purpose that let people know how difficult it is to suffer from different cultures and languages. Anzaldua mainly talks about the differences in cultures and languages to show how she fights against people’s common sense of American culture. First, she talks about many stories about Spanish cultures. Anzaldua was scared by a snake. There was a myth about that snake. “A snake will crawl into your nalgas, make you pregnant” (Anzaldua 29). Anzaldua thinks that it is la Vibora, snake woman. This snake woman becomes the symbol of the Serpent. The symbol represents evil, death. After talking about the snake, Anzaldua talks about the religion. “Thus Tonantsi became Guadalupe, the chaste protective mother, the defender of the Mexican people” (Anzaldua 31). “As the Spanish and their Church continued to split Tonantsi/Guadalupe” (Anzaldua 31). It was shown in the Aztec society and there were three gods at first. “All three are mediators: Guadalupe, the virgin mother who has not abandoned us, la Chingada, the raped mother whom we have abandoned, and la Llorona, the mother who seeks her lost children and is a combination of the other two” (Anzaldua 33). Three gods become only one combination, la Llorona. However, the religion began to change to Male Dominance. The religion change led to the loss of the balanced oppositions. “Snake people had holes, entrances to the body of the Earth Serpent; they followed the Serpent’s way, identified with the Serpent deity, with the mouth, both the eater and the eaten” (Anzaldua 36). And the destiny of human beings is to be devoured by the god. Then Anzaldua spends lots of words to talk about the identity. People identity others from their culture, their religion, their language, their gender. “I allowed white rationality to...
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