Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie's The Danger Of A Single Story

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Stereotyping is a crucial tool towards human beings. People can be much attached to the idea of stereotypes, because they tend to gather and back up their stories from their own experiences. And people are all guilty for creating a single story, whether it’s on purpose or not. How would people see the world if there was no such thing as a “single story”? In her speech, “The Danger of a Single Story”, Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie, is a writer from Nigeria, and she defines herself as a storyteller. She discusses in her speech how knowing a single story about a person, a place, or a culture it does not define it. Her speech gives a lot of information about the experiences she went through in her life; she talks about her life in Nigeria and how she…show more content…
When an individual is reading a writer’s work, his/her can gather little information about where that writer is from and learn about the culture, because writers reflect their identities through their work. In the beginning of Adichie’s speech, she talks about her culture and the literature she read when she was a child. Adichie started reading when she was at the age of four, and the literature she read were about British and American children. ”and when I began to write, at about the age of seven, stories in pencil with crayon illustrations that my poor mother was obligated to read, I wrote exactly the kinds of stories I was reading” (Adichie 00:27). Chimamanda’s writings were exactly like the books she read; children who are Caucasians and ate apples. Unlike Adichie’s life in Nigeria where they ate Mangoes and they never had snow. Adichie when was a child, she never left Nigeria, so reading literature who only focuses on Caucasian people made her think that only those type of people could exist in literature. Chimamanda was convinced that literature had only foreigners in them and she was not able to relate to them. Years later, as Adichie gets older she discovers African American books. “Things changed when I discovered African books. There weren't many of them available, and they weren't…show more content…
Adichie gave examples of how people can reach conclusions so quickly just by knowing one side of the story. Adichie discusses to her audience how misjudgment can be tricky and easy to do but she also explains to her audience that they should learn more about a certain story than to only knowing one side of it. Chimamanda believes that when telling a story; always talk about the failures and the success of it, not to choose one side. And in this case, people will always have different understandings about a certain story. Also Adichie explains to her audience how culture can define one’s identity. Since Adichie was from an educated family, she had access to literature that stimulated her imagination and made her the person she is
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