We, humans, tend to daily communicate with one another, through the art of storytelling. What we have not yet all come to realize, are the dangers that storytelling can actually cause. Everyone including myself, is guilty of believing and adding on to the weight of the single stories we are told. The same single story that could have the power to break someone 's dignity, is capable of fixing it as well. Subsequently after viewing and listening to Chimamanda Adichie’s theory of a single story… I have come to understand her argument point.
How powerful is a single story? At Ted Global 2009, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist, expresses her view of single stories and the ways in which they are used to create stereotypes and divides us as a people. Adichie’s talk, “The Danger of a Single Story”, stimulates careful consideration to what happens when people and situations are reduced to a single narrative. She believes single stories are highly correlated with the power structures of the world and have the ability to strip people of their humanity. In my rhetorical analysis essay, I will detail how Adichie’s talk is effective in persuading her audience because of the Cause & Effect Analysis, Exemplification, and Metadiscourse rhetorical strategies.
She had dark skin and ate mangos, while her characters had pale skin and consumed things like apples and ginger beer. She didn’t write much things about her culture, because most of the books that she was exposed to came from America and Britain. She explained that books about Africa, its culture and heroes were hard to come by. However when she was introduced to African writers like Achebe and Laye, she was inspired to write books that she could personally identify with.
In her TED talk called “The danger of a single story” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, speaks about the negative effects, single stories can have on a certain people. A single story is created when the same discourse is being repeated over an over again in books, TV shows or in the news. The single story creates a stereotypical, one sided perception of a group of people. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells a story about how she, came to believe a single story in her childhood. When she was a child she read many American and English books, about people, with whom she had very little in common.
When native-speaking children commence to learn reading, in most of the time, they encounter with words they already know form their spoken language, they have developed a wide range of implicit knowledge of the morphology, phonology, and syntactic structure of their L1 (Nation, 2009; Grabe, 2009). Reading in the first language can take three stages. Shared reading is the first formal phase of reading in schools, wherein a teacher utilizes a large blown-up book. It is like a ‘parent reading a child bedtime story’. A story from the beforehand mentioned book is read; pictures and written language are also pointed out by the teacher.
James Rodell Professor Hope Dammon English 1301 3 December 2017 The Danger of a Single Story "The Danger of a Single Story" is a short clip of Chimamanda Adichie telling why a single story can be misleading. If we live our lives based off a single story we will be living a black and white life. I agree very strongly with this statement; a story can have lots of fine detail but the whole truth about the subject may be skewed if you only hear one story with one person's point of view. Chimamanda Adichie tells us the effects of the danger in a single story and how we can create a false picture in our head of something, someone or a place. In Adichie’s country, education is not a priority.
: 500696547 ‘’Danger of a Single Story.’’ Introduction During one of EoA classes we watched a TED talk series video where speaker Miss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer and storyteller, gave her inspiring speech about ‘The danger of a single story’. Miss Ngozi Adichie focused on the key principle that misconception begin when there is only one perspective of people being told, the danger of this is that it forms and keeps stereotypes intact and leads an unjustifiable misrepresentation of a large group of people, country and continent, how misconceptions are formed of Africa and its people; as in that they all are the same She further explains why it is important not to believe or form general opinions based on a single story. Unfortunately misconceptions and wrong assumptions are still apparent , I have witnessed this a couple of times during class of Eye on Africa, it is sad to come to realization that in today’s age misconception is very apparent and existing. The fact that among us are people who believe Africa is a not separate country and has different cultures indicates how ignorant and misinformed people that realize too
Reading History . I have always loved to read. Growing up I can remember my mom reading to me the same few picture books repetitively so I’d memorize the letter patterns. I remember the magical feeling when I started recognizing words. At first, I struggled with reading.
We do not want to demolish them, we need them to live by, they have shaped our ideas for a great many years, they embody our dreams. To destroy them would be to leave a large dent in the fabric of our culture. On the other hand, if we are not able to make them meaningful to our lives, they will cease to survive. In India, especially myths have an extraordinary vitality, continuing to give people same truths about themselves, about the human condition in general. What woman writers are doing today is not a rejection of myths, but a meaningful and creative reinterpretation of them.
I vividly remember hiding my books when I heard my mom heading to my room, making sure I was doing math instead of reading. Memories of her taking my books, therefore requiring me to finish homework, also fill my mind. I can also clearly remember days of laying out in our driveway with my book. These pleasant experiences I believe contribute to the desire to read. Young Adult author Joyce Hansen states that “Children will insert themselves into a story as the writers and readers imaginations interact, creating a wonderful and satisfying experience for the reader.” (Hanson).