Rhetorical Analysis: "Mother Tongue"

Perez, Isis
Prof. Tanvi Patel
WRI 10
February 14, 2013


Rhetorical Analysis: "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

The ongoing issue of integrating and assimilating into another country's forms of nationalism like that of the U.S, most importantly speaking the traditional language, is a very harmful and distressing process many individuals have to surpass to feel welcomed and comfortable in the living environment, as Amy Tan discusses in "Mother Tongue". Through the various different rhetorical strategies and tactics such as the pathos and logos appeals, as well as a sympathetic and very defensive tone, Amy Tan, successfully manages to explain that language barriers in the U.S have limited ...

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thesis . To leave ones' homeland and come into another's' alone is difficult because?. Having left, expecting happiness, opportunities, love, wealth, and a change in tolerance for multi-cultural or ethnic differences in a new place; to only arrive and learn that one is being profiled not only for their gender or ethnicity, but their native language. Amy Tan discusses her experiences in the U.S with her mother, having to deal with such injustices that come with their ethnic background. Within the title itself "Mother Tongue" the reader is instantly posed with a question; what is "Mother Tongue"? However, throughout the piece Amy Tan goes on describing the meaning or significance of the title, giving inferences and testimonies to help show the importance of the phrase. For instance the author talks about how her friends don't understand much of what her mother says, saying that it sounds like a complete different language. Tan then describes her clear understanding with no challenge ...

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finally called her daughter, me, who spoke perfect English-lo and behold- we had assurances the CAT scan would be found, promises that a conference call on Monday would be held, and apologies for any suffering my mother had gone through for a most regrettable mistake"(Tan 766).

Here the author uses the role of emotion to intrigue the reader by discussing a very harmful and upsetting instance where the lack of speaking English properly, jeopardized the well being of her mother. If the mother hadn't had anyone to call and speak English properly for her, her sickness would potentially progress and no one would know about it because of the neglect and little care the hospital had for ...

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