"How to Tame a Wild Tongue"
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The paper shows how Gloria Anzaldua's essay, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue," illustrates her refusal to reject her own heritage simply for the sake of belonging. The paper focuses on Anzaldua's anecdote of a traumatizing experience in a dentist's office and explains how it illustrates the myriad social injustices she and her fellow Hispanics endure in an intolerant society. The paper examines her fiery, confrontational language that shows how she fights against her people's feelings of self-loathing and acquiescence to American culture.
From the Paper:"Anzaldua sets the first half of the introductory passage in a dentist's office. Her choice of setting amplifies the passage's rhetorical potency. The dentist's office is a place where people generally feel uncomfortable and tense because of the pain many endure there. Likewise, Anzaldua felt uncomfortable and tense in America because of the emotional pain from cultural rejection. She begins her essay with a command, "We're going to have to control your tongue," to emphasize the intense level of force and vigor being exerted upon her so suddenly (Anzaldua 128). The fact that the dentist does not give her any pleasant greetings, such as "hi, how are you doing" accelerates the pace and urgency of the passage. Instead of saying, "I'm going to have to control your tongue" to represent the dentist's actions, the passage instead states, "We're going to have to control your tongue" (128). The decision to use a plural first person, instead of a singular first person point of view, reveals Anzaldua's belief that the dentist was not the only one attempting to control her tongue."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anzaldua, Gloria. "How to Tame a Wild Tongue." Writing 1: Writing Culture Course Reader 2006-2007. Gail Sytgall. 1st edition. St. Louis: Thomson Publishing Company, 2006. 128.
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