Growing up Susan G. Madera knew two languages: English and the neighborhood. She refers to neighborhood language as the language that everyone spoke in Little Italy, Manhattan, the neighborhood that she grew up in. When she went to study at school she was teased because of the language she spoke. It wasn’t proper English that everyone else spoke. She used improper grammar, and was many times teased because of that fact. This has greatly affected her in the future. Even one of the professors at Brooklyn College has made her life miserable when Madera has attended his class, because of the fact that she did not speak proper English. Despite this fact Madera had a successful career because she is a great writer and that helped her become better at speaking as well. We should never let anyone discourage us in finding our true selves. Madera’s story happens to be a great example why this is true. The audience that this essay was written for is people who get easily discouraged by others and choose a different path in life because they are untrue to themselves. We can tell that this is true from the text, because Madera uses a good example. She had also been discouraged by someone in her life. That someone was one of her professors in college. He demeaned Madera’s heritage and education, because of her improper English, despite the fact that she wrote grammatically correct and was even published in a school newspaper. She wants the audience to think that anything is possible. She writes this essay in order to give the audience hope and motivation. The purpose of Madera’s essay is to make people believe in themselves and never let anyone discourage them in finding out their true identity. Madera dreamed of taking her great ability to write and turning it into something big. She was very excited for college as she states “ I was so excited, I could hardly breathe”, but her...
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