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Comparative Commentary- Search for My Tongue and Lost for tongue

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English A2- Paper 1: Comparative Commentary Text A is a poem Search for My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt whereas Text B is an extract from the novel Lost for Words by Elizabeth Lutzeier. Both texts are about losing their mother. Since both works are about losing their mother tongue, we can ay that both writers are bilingual. Both texts have a foreign language that seems to degrade their own language. In both works we can see that imagery is used to compare language. They both do not lose their tongue all of a sudden. Text A, is a first person speaker whereas, text B is a third person speaker. The subject of both texts is about losing their mother tongue. In text A the themes of the poem might be about losing persona's identity in foreign land, living between two different cultures, trying to keep mother tongue alive. Bhatt does not want to lose her Indian identity. ...read more.

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Gujarati and is proud to have that language. In text B, we don't see Aysha regaining her language; instead we see her making her own language. In both texts imagery is used which is used to describe their own language. In text A, image of plant is used to describe the growing back of her own mother tongue. The growing back of plant signifies that the persona does not loose her language. Her language and identity regenerates. "It grows back, a stump of a shoot" (31) suggests the meaning of regeneration. In text B, language is compared to a tape. The language is getting "fainter and fainter" (10) and speaker is not able to recall all words from her language. This suggests that language is degraded and is affected badly by not using it continuously. Both texts give us the idea that speaker wants to speak their mother tongue in foreign place but circumstances make them learn and speak another language. ...read more.

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In text B, repetition of "slowly, slowly" (16) gives us the idea of something gradually. Here Aysha starts making her "own language out of two languages other people had thrown at her "(17-18). She was trying to "[remake] her own world" (18) so that she can communicate with every one else. But at the same time this suggests that she is on a verge to loose her own language because she is going to mix language that she dies not know properly. Both works are about losing their language. Since both have to speak another language consciously both first are about to lose their language. In text A, where Bhatt regains her own language and identity on the other hand Aysha is on a verge to forget her own language make her own language out of two. In conclusion both works have more similarity than difference. Both give us the idea about one's own language and trying to communicate with others. Word Count- 1031 ?? ?? ?? ?? Isha Tiwari Comparative Commentary Nov. 26, 11 1 ...read more.

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