Friday, September 16, 2011
Mothers Tongue Blog
When reading “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan I found several instances that showed an open prose. First of all, she was writing in the first person. The first person makes this piece more of a narrative which is an open prose form. She also seems to be free writing by just thinking about her past stories and writing them down as they come to mind. This lack of a significant structure is also another aspect of an open prose.
I feel as though Amy Tan is trying to speak to people who had the same struggle where English was not their first language yet are also trying to be well spoken in America and become scholarly. She may also be talking to those are embarrassed of their background or upbringing.
Seeing as this essay is more loose and unstructured I do not believe that it conforms to the genre type of an essay. I am used to the typical 5 Paragraph essay that includes in introduction, a thesis statement, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. This essay seems to be more loose and free and does not conform to the typical essay.