IGE 120H - Reader Response 3 Mother Tongue

IGE 120H - Reader Response 3 Mother Tongue - Lloyd 1 S....

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Lloyd 1 S. Lloyd Professor Fernandez IGE 120H Fall, 2008 Reader Response to Mother Tongue I am not sure I have the vocabulary to adequately describe the main theme of Amy Tan’s short story, “Mother Tongue.” Or maybe there is not just one main theme but rather a collection of themes that help the reader experience Tan’s work on a deeper level; level that may not require the identification of a main theme to be understood and appreciated. I don’t know for sure, but after reading this story, I am left with a few persistent thoughts about: the philosophical nature and significance of language, my level of communication with my parents, and the possible connections Tan’s story has with Richard Rodriguez’s essay, “The Achievement of desire.” Tan begins her story with a bold statement about the nature of language. The following quote sets the tone and cadence for the remainder of her argument, an argument that uses language as a pronounced central theme: I am a writer. And by definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life.
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