"Woman as Other" and "Mother Tongue" Comparison Essay by Beng

"Woman as Other" and "Mother Tongue"
A comparative analysis of Simone de Beauvoir's "Woman as Other" (1949) and Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" (1990).
# 148321 | 1,344 words | 2 sources | APA | 2007 | PH
Published on Oct 11, 2011 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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The paper outlines how Simone de Beauvoir's piece, "Woman as Other," and Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue," both reveal the theory of feminism. The paper points out the similarities and differences between these two works. The paper shows how despite a different context and attitude, both works reveal the true identity and essence of a woman, about what a woman should be and how a woman should react when challenged in her identity and self-worth.

Simone de Beauvoir's "Woman As Other"
Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue"
De Beauvoir and Tan: Similarities and Differences

From the Paper:

"Simone de Beauvoir's essay, entitled "Woman As Other," as well as, Amy Tan's essay, entitled "Mother Tongue," are two writings that clearly reveal the theory of feminism. In de Beauvoir's "Woman As Other," which is stated in the introduction portion of her book "The Second Sex" (1949), feminism in its perspective drew in large crowds and critics during its time. There were barely enough writers in the west that declared the oppression experienced by women, and for this, women were used in defining the category of man, wherein by describing femininity, masculinity was being described. Thus, in Amy Tan's piece, entitled "Mother Tongue" she relates her experiences as a daughter, as an emigrant, and as a citizen of two very different countries."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • de Beauvoir, S. (1949). "Introduction: Woman as Other." The Second Sex. Retrieved April 19, 2007, from Marxists Internet Archive database: http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/ethics/de-beauvoir/2nd-sex/introduction.htm.
  • Tan, A. (1990). Mother Tongue. Retrieved April 19, 2007, from Practice Calise's Homepage of the University of Virginia: http://people.virginia.edu/~pmc4b/spring98/readings/Mother.html.

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"Woman as Other" and "Mother Tongue" (2011, October 11) Retrieved March 26, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/woman-as-other-and-mother-tongue-148321/

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