Comparative Analysis Gloria Anzaldùa, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” and Richard Rodriguez, “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”

This assignment is listed below. The two readings will be Gloria Anzaldùa, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” and Richard Rodriguez, “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”  For this essay, you will compare and contrast the arguments made by two of the works we’ve read in class. You will assess the qualities of each argument and analyze them in contrast with one another. This can mean (when the two works are in direct disagreement) that one argument is right and another is wrong, but that need not be the case. You do not have to choose a winner and a loser, but should consider how the two essays treat certain themes differently from one another, how their persuasive strategies differ, or what their stylistic choices might tell us about their different priorities. However you choose to evaluate these essays, your analysis should use concrete examples from the texts to back up your argument and set the terms of your analysis. Here are some questions you might ask of your chosen texts: What does each text argue? Are these arguments in direct opposition? Is one right and the other wrong? Do they take different approaches to similar (even agreeing) arguments? Do they reach different conclusions on shared themes? What common ground do the two texts share? (in other words, what qualifies their comparison in the first place?) How do formal matters such as style, tone, and structure fit into your analysis? Remember that you must set and uphold the terms of your own analysis. If, for example, you plan to argue that one text is right and the other wrong, your essay must convincingly explain why.