Rhetorical Reading

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Latonya Williams
Prof. Gibson

ENGL 1101

24 January 2013

Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.” 1990. Connections: Guide to First-Year Writing @ Clayton State University. Ed. Mary Lamb. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead, 2012. 63-68. Print.

In Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue” (1990), she emphasize that her mother’s way of speaking English has created a cultural wall. Tan used truth from her life and her mother’s personal experiences to express how society treats people who speak poor English. Tan’s purpose was to encourage the reader not to prejudge a person who speaks imperfect English and in spite of how the individual speak, they should be treated the same way as the person who speaks perfect English. Tan’s anticipated audience was anyone who’s been judge or mistreated because of their imperfect English and anyone who judged or look down on a person that speaks imperfect English.

Tan’s essay bWe live in a world that looks down on people who does not know and speak correct English. I witnessed how people who speak imperfect English are treated in the department stores, banks, and on my job. I used to be one those that didn’t have patience or didn’t wont to take the time to understand those who speak inadequate English. But over the time, I came to the conclusion that my reaction wasn’t right and fair. I thought about how I would have felt if I was one of those that spoke imperfect English and what if I was treated unfairly because of my ethnicity. Tan used evident on how people that are stereotyped are judged in this society. I like the fact that the evidence she used was her life and her mother’s personal experiences. Tan’s evidence gave me a clearer outlook on looking at it on the opposite side and understanding what her and her mother dealt with because of their lack of English language. In spite of Tan’s improper English, I strongly commend her for learning the real way to engage and educating herself so that she will know how to speak better...
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