tiger_mother - Nyana Williams Mrs Brownrigg English II Honors 21 February 2020 Lit Circle Essay#1 Author\u2019s Argument Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by

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Nyana Williams Mrs. Brownrigg English II Honors 21 February 2020 Lit Circle Essay #1 Author’s Argument Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua is a contentious piece that explains her experience raising her two daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way. She attempts to argue throughout her novel that Chinese parents are better at raising children than Western ones, due to her own experience with her Chinese immigrant parents which she felt yielded more effective results than her peers. Line of Reasoning From the beginning to the end of Chua’s novel one claim is evident, she believes Chinese parents raise children better because they arm their children with skills and strong habits, while Westerners ( which she uses very loosely ) care too much about the child’s individuality and how they feel. Scattered throughout this novel, she includes reasons that support her claim. Chua feels that “Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment. “ ( page 63 ) Chinese parents are the complete opposite. Chua feels her strict, extremely harsh parenting is worth it in the long run, and she seems to speak for all Chinese parents when she says this. There are many instances throughout the book Chua will scream at Lulu or Sophia about playing correctly, call them ugly words, not allow them to get up from their spot. In the end, the results prove worthy of the pain endured to get them, Chua
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receives endless compliments on her daughters’ musical abilities. An example Chua shows , “ 1. Oh my God, you’re just getting worse and worse! 2. I’m going to count to three, then I want musicality ! 3. If the next time’s not perfect , I’m going to TAKE ALL YOUR STUFFED ANIMALS AND BURN THEM! ” ( page 28) Chua would scream and scream gruesome things at Sophia, but in the end it all seemed to work out perfectly. Sophia, at age nine, won a local piano award performing a piece called Butterfly
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