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Please write a 5 paragraph Analysis essay (2.5- 3 pages) on either :
Anzaldúa’s “How to Tame A Wild Tongue”
To write this essay, formulate a thesis/argument focusing on one of these questions. Answering the other questions can lead you to your subpoints. You don’t need to answer the questions in order. Make this your own.
How/Why does Anzaldúa counter racial and ethnic stereotypes placed on Latin women to define their identity. In this essay, consider what stereotypes follow Latinas throughout their life. Is she confined by her race or empowered by it? How does she use her Chicana identity to her advantage? How is she forced to assimilate, and is this a positive or negative experience? Can she define herself in her own way, or is she always defined by Anglo society?
Anzaldúa sees her Chicana identity as formed from more than just language–it incorporates food, movies, music, family? How does she use all of these aspects of culture to define herself?
How/why does Anzaldúa use so many personal anecdotes in order to define her identity in opposition to mainstream American society?
2. How is Anzaldúa defining her identity through language (whether it be English/Spanish/or a combination of both)? Can she adjust language to reflect who she is? Is language confining or freeing for her?
Anzaldúa mixes multiple languages and dialects together, making her more than just bilingual. Why does she do this and how does it define her identity?
Anzaldúa believes that anyone who wants to limit her language, box her in, or define her in ways that are not her own is committing linguistic terrorism.
Thesis Paragraph Components:
(must be in this order)
What: What = the main ideas in the text. What the text is about (summary of the key points). Provides the context for your argument
How: the rhetorical strategy used to convey the main ideas (style/genre) (This could be writing bilingually, using personal anecdotes, using pop culture references, etc)
Why= the purpose of the text. Why is the author writing this text? What is his/her agenda/purpose? Note: This is the main argument of YOUR essay—this is what you’re trying to prove.
Thesis Paragraphs Should NOT:
provide a hook or any personal information,
be over-generalized or vague,
provide support, examples or quotes because these should be saved for the body of the essay
Body Paragraph Structure (3 paragraphs)
Each paragraph should develop one of the main points expressed in the thesis paragraph. That’s why there are 3 main points in your thesis paragraph.
Topic sentence provides the argument for the paragraph
Several sentences developing the argument and providing context. Note, this is the same as your summary essay.
Introduction of a quote using a signal phrase (something as simple as Cofer states,)
Give the quote: Make sure you choose quotes that lead to analysis or interpretation, ones with rich imagery or personal anecdotes, or a literary reference. Make sure it’s not a surface level quote that doesn’t offer much more than basic information. (Quotes that are under 4 typed lines should be included in the line, “Cofer states, “………” but quotes over 4 lines should be blocked. See my Summary vs Analysis handout under the Analysis sample I wrote)
At least 4 sentences analyzing the wording or imagery of the quote and link it to the argument you are making in this paragraph. (Again, see the sample analysis in the Summary vs Analysis handout.
Conclusion: Corresponds to the WHY from your thesis paragraph. Develop the WHY for 3-4 sentences. What is the author trying to convince you of? Why is she writing this text?