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Compare the ways that culture and identity are presented in ‘From Search For My Tongue’ and ‘Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan'.

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Introduction

Compare the ways that culture and identity are presented in 'From Search For My Tongue' and 'Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan. In this essay I will compare in what ways that culture and identity are respected in 'Presents From My Aunts in Pakistan' and 'From Search for My Tongue'. To do this I will identify the several techniques the two writers used and what points are made in the poems. The poems are slightly different in the way they are written though as 'From Search for My Tongue' only concentrates on language, 'From My Aunts in Pakistan' focuses on many aspects of living in a different culture. ...read more.

Middle

This compares with 'Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan' because Alvi writes about how the girl can't feel Pakistani even though she desperately wants to feel the transformation 'My costume clung to me and I was aflame, I couldn't rise up out of its fire, half-English, unlike Aunt Jamila' this is when she tried on a Pakistani dress but immediately feels out of place and embarrassed. Bhatt uses several rhetorical questions to make the reader feel what she feels. The rhetorical questions also show Bhatt's anger at having to use two tongues 'I ask you, what you would do...' I think that this shows that she doesn't believe the reader understands how she feels and is angry at this. ...read more.

Conclusion

The second quote shows how even a lamp she considers to be beautiful can be affected by English culture and makes her consider how cruel it is. This is in the same way of 'From Search for My Tongue' at how she feels she can't any longer talk in her mother tongue and that she has lost part of her identity. We can see this when she writes 'You could not use them both together even if you thought that way' this is similar to 'Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan' because both poems show the conflict involved in having to live with two different cultures. In conclusion Thomas Griffiths English 07-10-03 ...read more.

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