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There are some similarities between Fan Shens and David Bartholomaes articles although they are different But before talking about similarities and differences I will summarize both texts including my own thoughts Fan Shen in his text talks about how language shapes an identity He tells us about his own experience as a new immigrant from China presenting the problems he encountered while he was learning how to write compositions in English language Using the word I in his essays was difficult for him and this problem was more serious then we can imagine As Shen explains I in Chinese has a meaning of self or individualism These words have negative connotations in a country where individualism is considered to be bad and contradicts the collectivism and Marxist philosophy So instead of using I and expressing his own opinion he used the word we telling what other people think he saw himself as one of them It seemed weird to his teachers of course and they encouraged him to change his way of writing In order to do this he had to create a new identity an English self Fan Shen does not agree with the accepted American structure of writing essays It differs from Chinese structure by presenting the topic in the very beginning A Chinese writer would develop his topic step by step so that the reader will gradually gain interest He also talks about English logic of language vs Chinese pictorial logic In Chinese pictorial logic the logic he was used to the reader feels what he reads with all his senses With teachers pushing him Shen had to abandon his pictorial logic because it seemed weird in English language But composition can never be weird It can be unusual and therefore interesting Ive said before that Fan Shens article is about how language shapes an
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