Thanksgiving

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Mickey Acosta
Dr. Lisa William-White
English 1A
1/25/10

“Communication to Life”

In these three stories Liked for Myself by Maya Angelou, The Day Language Came into My Life by Helen Keller, and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, tell of the similar difficulties these women faced when it came to communicating with the people around them. Angelou was a young girl when she found herself unable to speak out loud unto her peers, similar for Keller as she was blind and deaf by an illness at an early age, and Tan was ashamed of her “broken” English that was spoken amongst her family. These three women each faced challenges in their lives, which gave them the confidence to communicate with the world around them, even though these women faced different challenges and struggled to communicate different from each other. Angelou was a young girl when her mother’s friend sexually assaulted her. This tragic event left her with little self esteem, and she found it very difficult to speak out loud amongst her peers. She moved to Acosta 2
Arkansas to live with her grandmother shortly after this horrific event. She was a very bright student when it came to reading and writing. Angelou’s biggest challenge was her lack of confidence in her self. By the same token, Keller found her own challenges to be extremely difficult, for she became blind and deaf at an early age. Due to this unpleasant event Keller became very agitated with her surroundings. The world around her was a giant puzzle with no meaning. Keller’s biggest challenge was that she had no understandings of her surroundings. In addition, Tan grew up with her family which spoke in a “limited” English. While growing up Tan was embarrassed of the way her mother spoke. She wrote this in her story Mother Tongue, “I know this for a fact, because when I was growing up, my mother's "limited" English limited my…...

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