Amy Tan, a Chinese American writer, writes a short dialogue called “Mother Tongue” (1989) arguing that no two people speak the same English. She develops this by using tone, fallacious logic, and appeals. She wants her audience to see this in order to show how people are treated who aren’t considered normal to society. Her audience is everyone who has been treated differently due to them not being normal.
Amy Tan’s tone throughout her speech is typical of any speech that is trying to invoke persuasion, due that it starts sympathetically and uses appeals to emotion to capture the audience, then towards the end uses her life experiences to inspire herself as well as her audience. By doing this she captivates her audience and makes them believe in ...view middle of the document...
She here is speaking out against the stereotype that people take on foreigners who have trouble completely grasping the English language, for people that think clearly and completely but cannot express it in the English language. This leads people to believe that foreigners who can’t speak English in a clear concise manner are either unintelligent or lack understanding of American culture. This stereotype lets people to try and take advantage of foreigners which all succeeds most of the time. Amy Tan clearly shows an example of this where her mother, who’s English isn’t perfect, goes to the hospital to find out the results of her CAT scan. When the doctors tell her it was lost and have to comeback another time and make a new appointment. She has to call her daughter to speak to the doctor, and by her daughter speaking clear English the doctors could not use this stereotype against her and assured her the scans would be found. With this Amy Tan creates her argument against stereotypes and persuades the audience to believe what she says is true.
By capturing her audience with her given appeals and persuasion, another effective way she makes her argument is by using fallacious logic more specifically however hasty generalization. This is where she uses only her evidence and her ideas to deliberately lead her audience to a conclusion which is that most people take advantage of people who cannot speak perfect English. By doing this she creates a bandwagon effect to push all the readers to her side and leave no argument against her. This is what makes her so effective though within her writing. There can be no general argument against her unless it is a specific real event. So ultimately Amy Tan is effective with her arguments.