Crysta Shoffner AP. Lang Block 5 Mrs. Stroup 23 September, 2018 Mother Tongue 1. Why does Tan open her essay by stating, “I am not a scholar of English or literature” but then state, in the next paragraph, “I am a writer”? What is the difference? How does she establish ethos by this juxtaposition? - You do not need to be a scholar of English or literature to be able to write. To be an English scholar you need to learn about or have a vast knowledge of English. To be a writer you need to write, it does not have to be published either. Tan was ushered away from becoming an English scholar because her English was not good enough for the professor that was taught her. Tan establishes ethos by saying “I am not a scholar of English or literature… I am a writer”. She gets the credibility of being someone who writes and not being a knowledgeable scholar. As readers most of us can relate to being able to write.
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