The Language of Racism Analytical Essay by Top Papers

The Language of Racism
A rhetorical analysis of the language of racism in Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and Gloria Naylor's "A Question of Language".
# 140526 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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This paper examines racism in the English language in the works by Amy Tan and Gloria Naylor and highlights the similarities between both authors' use of pathos. The paper points out, however, how Tan takes a far more logical argument in her use of rhetoric.

From the Paper:

"In this aspect of Tan's text, she is clearly using the subjectivity of her own speech as a gauge for understanding how race plays a large part in how she communicates with her mostly white audience. In this capacity, she is using the pathos of a personal comparison to define her own sense of persuasion about her own lack of use of this scholarly language at home with her mother. Surely, the target audience here is the people of her own ethnic background that wish to understand why Tan is not more authentic about her choice of language in front of her reading audience, and why she speaks differently at home with a more Asian dialect--aka. "broken English." This aspect of her argument relies heavily on the pathos of the emotionally charged issue of racism that exists when Tan feels she must speak proper English in front of white audiences.
"Naylor also uses the same type of personal reaction to the language of racism when she understands when various differing people use the word 'nigger' in various contexts. She initially defines her rhetorical pathos on the subject of racism when a boy sitting in front of her called her 'nigger' after she had chided him about getting a lower grade."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Naylor, Gloria. "A Question of Language." 1986. California State University. September 19, 2008. <>
  • Tan, Amy. "Mother Tongue." 2007. University of Virginia. September 19, 2008. <>

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