Friday, September 16, 2011
After reading Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan I discovered that this essay was more of an open form of prose. It seems that during this essay nothing it too structured like the conventions of an essay. The writer seems to be taking her thoughts and putting them onto paper. Almost like her own narrative about her mother and the type of language that her family speaks. The author composes her own thoughts about her family and mother, and uses words such as I, words you would generally use in a narrative. So, I definitely believe that the writer users open form not closed. There doesn't seem to be much structure, but more of an array of thoughts put onto paper. I believe that the type of audience that the writer is writing for are people who might be brought up with the same scenario. People who are brought up with different types of English that they speak. Whether it is asian, or any other background I believe that is who she is writing for. I also believe she is writing for the asian people who generally stay away from writing, and are pushed more towards subjects that are generally stereotyped. "And perhaps they also have teachers who are steering them away from writing and into math and science, which is what happened to me” (Tan 116). Tan is writing for the people whose ethnic backgrounds usual entail them to become doctors or scientists, but tell these kinds of people that they can do whatever they want, and if they want to become a writer they can do it. Again, in my opinion this essay is definitely wide open. You can see how she just express herself, and that is generally the type of writing that will allow you to open up to the writer because of how much the writer is opening up to you.