WRA 1004 - Abdulla Asheer

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From Silence to Words Writing as Struggle

Posted by asheerab@msu.edu on January 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM


From Silence to Words: I think the main idea of this essay how her parents force here and her sister to learn and speak English in home, and Chinese in her school.The writer of this essay supported her main idea in page ( 42 ), how she face hard time when she was handling the two languages, for example the English inside the house and Chines outside in the community. Also, in page ( 43 ), with her experience in the school.

Lu explains that she was confused, frustrated, and silent because of the fact that she had to go back and forth between two different languages and ways of thinking when she was growing up. At home, she spoke English and lived the life of a capitalist. At school, she spoke Standard Chinese and had to be a socialist. She didn't know which was right and often got the two confused when trying to write a paper or participate in a discussion. She always had to tell herself which language and mode of thinking was appropriate for each situation she was in, and it became very frustrating for her.

I think Lu wants the reader to see her silence as illustrative of something that affects many people because she is not the only one who has been forced to make a big change in her life. Many people have to move and learn a new language and way of life. Others have to deal with changes in the places where they already live, such as China's transition from capitalist to socialist. These are things that can be hard to get used to and can cause people to become silent because they don't know how else to deal with the situation. So, they take the silence as a solution of their situation. Truly, this situation is happening to a lot of children and adults across the glob.

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