• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Essay On "Coming Into Language".

Extracts from this document...


Maria Marquez English 101 Essay #1 Essay On "Coming Into Language" In "Coming Into Language," Jimmy Santiago Baca describes how he went from being illiterate to learning how to read and write and eventually becoming a poet, while spending most of his days in prison. Terrified of not knowing his schoolwork and asking questions, Baca went through school being illiterate, until he dropped out in the ninth grade. Picture books with people of his nationality were the only type of interest. Listening to prisoners read out loud to each other inspired him to learn his own language. In this writing Baca explains to his readers how becoming a writer helped him trough the tough years as an inmate in prison. Unable to express what he felt, Baca rebelled and was arrested before he was eighteen. ...read more.


Learning the language of your own can help you understand who you are and in time can help express yourself in ways other than rebellion. Learning and accepting the Chicano language, Baca wouldn't have to pretend to be someone else anymore. I think for Baca, learning all that he did while he was in prison helped him in many ways that he needed. My uncle has been in and out of prison most of his life, he chose to read the bible and participate in church activities. I think it did not help him in any way that he needed because he is still to this day in prison. He got out a few months ago but went back in the following month. The prison system is set up for inmates to work while they do their time. ...read more.


Sometimes I wonder if he had been writing in one, if he would have been different the last time he came out, putting all his hate and anger in writing instead of hurting himself. I believe that Baca wrote this piece for young adults who are in a similar situation. Not knowing what you are doing in this world can be frustrating for many. I can relate to Baca because my uncle has been in prison for some time now, and every time he gets out, some how he ends up back in. He finished school and knows how to read and write. I think maybe instead of reading the bible all the time or lifting weight, he should have written his own story while being locked up. He could have got rid of a lot of anger and hate. Writing is worth trying, especially if you have very little to do. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks essays

  1. Creative writing and commentary. It was the year 2015 and Earth was exploring ...

    Rachel's hand and said "Keep running down this corridor until you get to the pool area and go into there, I'll catch up with you" Ramani turned round and started running back towards the three floggolopians that were chasing them.

  2. Feminism Essay by Helene Cixous "Sorties"

    These provisions always typically favour the masculine aspect; 'And all these pairs of oppositions are couples...Is the fact that Logocentrism subjects thought-all concepts, codes and values - to a binary system, related to "the" couple, man/woman.'2 Secondly Cixous argues for the issue of negative influence of descriptions such as passivity

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work