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Maxine&Langston Essay

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In the following essay we are going to be comparing and contrasting two stories from two well known writers. Chinese-American Silence by Maxine Hong Kingston and Salvation by Langston Hughes . The Main Similarity of this essays is clearly the influence that communities has on their own identity. Branching from this main point ,as you read, more similarities will unfold. We would end up with a critic of different types of communities, and how it affected their lives.Salvation by Langston Hughes is about a young African American who experiences a unenlightened situation. To bypass it without any obvious damage ,he pretends to see clearly what the community is trying so hard to show him. He ends up in bed with tears of resentment ,for he has lied to everybody, and does not seem to grasp the courage to admit it.Chinese-American Silence by Maxine Kingston , is about a girl confronted with problems of her culture that conflicts with her development on an American society.problems as speech, confidence, and self image all sum up in this story about a girl trying to adjust.For most of us living in the western society, family is our first community. Families usually have big expectations of their children. In the case of Langston and Maxine this expectations and constant confrontations lead to their own confusion. Later on , this confusion expands like a virus which cure is only to adjust as well as possible.Langston has to enter his religious community and Maxine has to enter the American community. Due to confusion, Langston found as a solution to lie to be able to fit in his religious environment and Maxine became silent. This is a clear example of how communities affected them as individuals. But lets not view community as the evil that will hunt you when you are asleep. Opposite from that, Maxine proves that problems with community vanish threw time ,even if Langston did not know it back then, I am sure he knows it now.Families have expectations on their children. In Langston's essay , they had new special meetings for children "to bring the young lambs to unfold"(p1) or to see Jesus."My aunt spoke about it for days" (p1) here is where the expectation starts, the constant repetition of the event categorizes it as important. The same happens in Maxine's essay where she remember that her mother cut her femur (part of the tongue). When Maxine ask her mother why did she do it, her mother replied " I cut it so that you would not be tongue tied "¦ to be able to speak every language fluently"(p7). This expectations only creates confusion . "My aunt told me that when you where saved you saw a light, and something happened to you inside"(p2) how is Langston a 13 year old boy suppose to react to this? " something happened to you inside" this could mean so many things, it is an obvious confusion. What if he sees Jesus a different way. When Maxine heard that her mother cut her frenum , so she could speak better, Maxine was puzzled " I have a terrible time...

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