areas is Gloria Anzaldua’s “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women women of color write, in authentic ways, because Anzaldua herself writes. 4 Gloria Anzaldua’s “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers,” one of the essays in the collection, was written over a period of five days. Abstract. In her manuscript, “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers,” author. Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa composes several open and.

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The essay Speaking in Tongues: Her tone is rugid, fearless, and angry. Anzaldua goes on ranking women from the highest societal acceptance to the lowest, which she says are lesbian colored women.

Tongjes is proud of where she comes from. She does not want to lose her cultural identity or language because she is afraid that society might find this to be a weakness revealed, as opposed to strength.

Anzaldua wants to promote women to liberate themselves to feel free and express themselves without fearing the thoughts of others. Because they think we are dangerous beasts? Anzaldua becomes blunt about the real issue of a third world women writer. She feels society sees third world women writers as beasts that will be unleashed and reveal a truly intelligent and intellectual side that can intimidate men and society in general.


Although Anzaldua expresses herself with anger and with a courageous voice she does make some clarifications. She lets the reader know her intention with this essay which she begins by admitting it was essentially going to be a poem.

Anzadula declares that she does not anazldua society or the white man as an excuse. She is aware of her responsibilities and knows that there are certain jobs that the third world women may always be part of, for example, domestic work and hard labor.

However, she encourages women to write. She does not write for fame or money.

Writing is in some sense therapeutic. She feels this is a way of becoming liberated and letting other women know to do the same. Anzadula feels that every topic is acceptable because there is someone who will always relate to the message some way or another. She admires Nellie Wong and uses some anzaldha her excerpts to create examples of what she is trying to dictate.

Anzaldua is strong and has ahzaldua very unique sense of power. Her attitude is clear and precise.

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It is demonstrated through her choice words. She wants women to not necessarily write their feelings out, but to feel that they can do something other than depend on on a miracle given to them from someone else. Her words in the beginning are harsh and very frank. This demonstrates that her opinions, thoughts, and overall advice to women are given from an honest place and well thought out intentions.


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