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714 Words Mar 1st, 2016 3 Pages
Hayden Harvey
MWF 9:00 AM
Mrs. Edwards In my opinion, Anzaldua says "Wild tongues can't be tamed, they can only be cut out" for the purpose of expressing how she was treated. It was either, say it right, or get out, which seems to be a little harsh. Another possible meaning to this quote could be that if you are not afraid to speak up about what you believe in, you could be a very influential and threatening person, therefore the opposing party would take action to silence you. This is ultimately what many influential people fear the most, another person or group speaking out against them and challenging them. It makes me think of Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss starts off as a little insignificant girl and blossoms
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The evolution of this language is due to the natural borders because it uses some of the American words. This is why most people in south Texas use the Chicano language. It blends some American words with Spanish words and creates a beautiful language. It deals with social pressures because the people in the U.S. are expected to speak English and people in northern Mexico are expected to speak Spanish. By using this language they can use both the English and Spanish languages in one. I can definitely relate to Anzaldua's argument because I have been told that I have a "hick", or southern accent. This doesn't affect my sense of identity but it does affect the way northerners see me. I recently was at a college in Missouri and everyone would mess with me because I apparently have a southern draw. I actually realized I do have a bit of an accent because I would pretend to say things like those people and realize that's not how I said it, but I just went ahead and said I talked normal and blamed them for having the accent. I have had to accommodate those with northern accents because I used to be around them every day. Even though we talked a little differently, I did not use that against them when I made my judgments of them, I strictly went on a integrity and character based judgment. I would say it that language is definitely shaped by culture because it is how you use

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