"I'm not going to pretend to understand what you're going through Jimmy, but I will tell you I believe they do." Ms. Miller said, pointing at a card she had handed him reading Millwood on it. "Millwood is a rehab center for teenagers like yourself who have mental struggles." Staring down at the card, Jimmy couldn't help but feel hopeless. Did he really have "mental struggles"? He always knew he was messed up but is he that messed up? "I understand this is a lot to take in, and no one is forcing you to make a decision right away. Having been around people with mental illness in my past however, I do believe you should think about it and have a conversation with your mother."
Today is the day, the first day of middle school.
The rise of e-books is something that is already impacting the world of literature. The digitization of books is devaluing literature because it is taking money out of the pocket of professional authors. It allows nonprofessionals to publish work at the same value as a professional, and also makes it to where you can buy a classic piece of literature for less than its worth. Though digital books are easily accessible and more affordable, they put a negative look on classic literature. In this digital world, we now live in, everything can be found and bought online. Not having to go out and wait in a line is appealing. However, thinking about this from an author’s perspective, e-books hurt their royalties. Buying a digital version is much cheaper than buying the hardcover or paperback book.
Mother Tongue is an article by Amy Tan, who is best known for her novel “The Joy Luck Club”. This article, much like “The Joy Luck Club” is about culture clash. “Don’t judge a book by its cover or someone’s intelligence by her English” (Tan 20) is the tagline quote at the top of the article and sums up the tone throughout. Tan expresses the struggles of proper English in a household that first language is not English. Judging someone on the way they look and speak is a problem everyone has, but here in America, it is too common. Everyone in America feels as if they have authority and can say what they want. This is the problem the author had to overcome in her life. Tan fears others with similar predicaments as hers that will be told English is not their strong suit and pe pushed to pursue other subjects. The article’s main claim of how one’s passion should not be stopped by stereotyping is an informative argument because the author uses a personal writing tone, shares relatable stories from her life, and showcases her success as an author despite being stereotyped herself.
To Love another one must first come to Love thy self.