Illiteracy In A Society

Jennifer Kaminsky
Professor Evans
English 111
October 1[st], 2018

Argumentative and Persuasion Paper

Success is someone who achieves their desired aims or attains prosperity. Language and literacy serve as a fundamental skill in one's success in the workplace and the community. Language and literacy help one prosper in all aspects of life. In "The Blair Reader" by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell it has three readings to specify these points. In "Learning to Read and Write "by Fredrick Douglas, "Mother Tongue "by Amy Tan, and "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society" by Jonathan Kozol, they all stress the importance of language and literacy in one way or another. In ...

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in life, and can never be successful in their workspace or community.
In Douglass "Learning to Read and Write," one of the important themes were education in slavery. Literacy was initially Douglass' light of hope that reminds him there is freedom from slavery. Learning to read shows him the horrific truth of slavery. Douglass realizes that learning to read has pushed him to fight for his liberty. Douglass knew he can use his literacy as a tool to fight against slavery. Douglass was first introduced to the world of literacy by his mistress. Upon being denied future lessons by his master, Douglass was even more attracted to becoming literate. He was enticed by his master's opposition to his learning. This made him realize that a slave becoming literate was liberation from his master. However, becoming literate would give Douglass new power that would challenge his master's control over him. Douglass said, "The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers." ...

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impossible for one to learn a new language if he or she has been accustomed to another one for a long period of time. Since Tan's mother speaks broken English, it limits her on what she wants to say in certain situations. For example, she wanted to communicate to her stockbroker but couldn't, so she had Amy speak for her. Amy's mother was in the back telling her to tell the stockbroker who was on the phone "Why he don't send me check, already two weeks late. So mad he lie to me,losing me money." (Tan 129) Amy had to then translate into perfect English "Yes, I'm getting rather concerned. You had agreed to send the check two weeks ago, but it hasn't arrived." (Tan 129) As a result of ...

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