How to Tame a Wild Tongue
The Project Gutenberg eBook of Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
How to Tame a Wild Tongue summary and analysis, reveals the experiences of the American poet, critic, novelist and essayist Gloria Anzaldua. This is one of the major works that contributed to her being considered an important figure in the Chicano Literature. The book has been divided into two main parts: the first section consists of seven essays while the second section has a number of poems. Our focus will be How to Tame a Wild Tongue. Such women as herself, are referred to as mestiza as she describes in the book. Instead of her teeth being the issue it is her tongue.
She describes how childhood and adult experiences shape who she is today. She provides a glimpse into the life of a person who speaks a minority language in a majority population. She begins the essay by recounting an experience of a dentist capping a tooth and trying in vain to control her tongue. He becomes frustrated with. Her statement, " for a people who cannot identify with either standard formal, Castilian Spanish, nor standard English, what recourse is left to them but to create their own language?
She includes dialogues and description of own ruefulness during the current event to create more emotion-oriented essay. The Myth of the Latin Woman explains the negative impact of stereotypes on Latin people from the point of view of the representative of this social group. Cofer establishes her credibility as a Latin American woman with personal anecdotes that emphasize her frustration of the unfair depiction of Latinos in society. Cofer addresses the cultural barriers and challenges that Latinos experience through emotional appeal, anecdotal imagery, parallelism and the use of effective periodic sentences. In her article, Cofer assesses the difficult cultural hurdles of Latin Americans with emotional appeal.