Synthesis Essay on Mother Tongue by Amy Tan and Censoring Myself by Betty Shamieh

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English 125

April, 2nd, 2012

Synthesis essay

Today we live in a society that is often called a "salad bowl". It is called a "salad bowl" because it consists of various different people from various different backgrounds. We all live together in a society, but we still retain our own distinct flavors which helps to contribute to the richness and diversity of society. Unfortunately, today we also live in a society in which some of these groups are marginalized and looked down upon by others. Hence, often times as individuals we feel the need to compromise the way in which we communicate our ideas so that we can appeal to the views of the majority. Two authors explore how their attempt to compromise almost caused them to become
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Later Tan realizes the value of this different systematic way of thinking and it contributes to her rebellious nature towards her teachers who suggested she'd be much better in engineering, accounting, or anything else than English, since she was of Asian descent. She decided to challenge this stereotype, and thanks to her mother became a writer, who didn't write using challenging diction that required a lot of thought, but rather diction that could be read and understood by audiences such as her mother. This is the reason she starts writing about her mother: “I wanted to capture what language ability tests can never reveal: her intent, her passion, her imagery, the rhythms of her speech, and the nature of her thoughts” (Tan 277). She acknowledged the richness that her mother's heritage provided her and then she decided her first reader and critic should be her mother. Overall this taught Tan that she didn't need to compromise to the high caliber and complexity of the English language, but rather she could express her thoughts in a simplistic, yet effective way which could be understood by everyone.

In her essay, "Censoring Myself", Betty Shamieh talks about being an American playwright and having to censor herself because of how her work was viewed by others. She states: "I have been censored in many ways. But I think the most overt example of censorship I have yet faced is my experience with a project

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