Mother Tongue is about the authors struggles with her linguistic identity.docx - Mother Tongue is about the authors struggles with her linguistic

Mother Tongue is about the authors struggles with her linguistic identity.docx

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Mother Tongue is about the authors struggles with her linguistic identity, her mothers "fractured" or "broken" variation of english and the relationship with her mother. At the beginning of the piece we are told about the different types of english she would speak with her mother and with everyone else; we are then told how english wasn't Amy's strongest subject and later on we are told about the difficulties her mother experienced because of the way she spoke english and the prejudice she faced. In the text Tan uses a variety of stylistic devices to express herself, tans use of parallel structures is used frequently throughout the piece, for example she starts the first paragraph with the phrase "i am not a scholar of english" and …show more content… This phrase may imply that although Tans mothers english might be "limited", but in her opinion it does not strike her as being wrong as so many would think; she clearly states this when she says "Some say they understand none of it, as if she were speaking pure Chinese. But to me, my

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