Richard Rodriguez and Amy Tan are two bilingual writers. Rodriguez comes from a Latin background where both his parents speak Spanish. Tan is a child of Chinese parents. Though they share some of the same situations; each has a different way of portraying it. This gives the readers two different aspects of being bilingual. Rodriguez told his story in Aria: a Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood. Tan told hers in Mother Tongue. In spite of the fact that they both wrote about their experiences of being bilingual, they told their stories were for very different reasons.
Rodriguez argues in his essay, whether bilingual education is appropriate for school. Rodriguez states that “It is not possible for a child, any child, ever to use his family’s
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That was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed things, made sense of the world.”(Tan 126). I think this means inspiration comes from many different sources. It can be a direct experience of your life, it can come from nature, from God, or it can be a person who is close to you. It doesn’t have to make since to other people, just you. Tan wants to send a powerful message of how the reader’s should view people by their beautiful side and not by their failures or flaws. I enjoyed reading this story and I love the way she looks at the world which she lives in.
I felt very confused comparing these to stories. The writers both have a lot in common but the way each one responses to their experiences is so very different. Rodriguez is not negative but he is still far from being positive. Where, Tan is very different than him. She uses humor and her outlook on life is very positive. She made me feel like the world is even more divers and beautiful then I ever thought. I loved how proud she felt when her mother when she finished her book. She said: “Apart from what any critic had to say about my writing, I knew I had succeeded where it counted when my mother finished reading my book and gave me her verdict: ‘So easy to read’” (Tan 129). I started to laugh. I felt the joy they both were feeling too. My strongest response to both of these stories was one of a new worldview. Each one gives you a different