Amy Tan Essay

914 WordsFeb 6, 20144 Pages
Novelist Amy Tan (Libi Pedder / Camera Press / Retna) Tan proves her point about parents’ influence on people’s life when she states “I think my mother’s English almost had an effect on limiting my possibilities in life as well”. By talking about how her mother’s English lacked a certain wholeness and clarity, she explains why her thoughts about her mother tongue were different when she was a child; “I believed that her English reflected the quality of what she had to say.” People in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants didn’t take her mother seriously, didn’t give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they didn’t hear her. Here Tan emphasizes the importance of mother tongue in somebody’s life. She believes that people may not be treated respectfully because of their poor speaking of any language. She never reflects on her mother’s difficulties as something that could’ve motivated her to become a writer. It’s possible to think that those unpleasant events might have an effect on her thoughts however. Anyone who sees that his or her parents encounter some serious problems because of their weakness in speaking any language would most likely want to avoid any similar problems in his or her life in the future. In addition, Tan’s essay also gives an important message to people who simply choose science or math because they don’t speak English well. She tries to convince people that no one needs to be really perfect in English in order to become a writer. Tan states “I began to write stories using all the Englishes I grew up with: the English I spoke to my mother, which for lack of a better term might be described as “broken”; my translation of her Chinese, which could certainly be described as “watered down”; and what I imagined to be her translation of her Chinese if she could speak in perfect

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