On Being A Cripple Essay

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Cripple Intro. and First Body Paragraph “I don’t know if many people know this about me, but I have multiple sclerosis. So I don’t have time for a lot of shades of gray . I don’t have time for BS.” - Neil Cavuto. In “On Being a Cripple,” Nancy Mairs discusses the language of American society while including personal accounts of her struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS). Mairs presents herself as a proud individual through her utterly defiant personality, her word choice in deciding to identify as a cripple, and explaining why other socially accepted euphemisms do not define her. Mairs makes it clear that she is a cripple and only wants to be identified as one by stating that “Whatever you call me, I remained crippled.” To her, identifying with the word “cripple” makes her tough, like a cancer survivor. She throws the idea right back at American society that she does not want to be identified as “handicapped” or “disabled”. She …show more content…

She states “I am a cripple. I choose the word to name me.” She prefers to be deemed as a cripple showing her decisiveness to be associated with the word cripple, which creates a sense of self-worth , in turn giving her satisfaction. In addition, Mairs mentions, “I made the choice a number of years ago, but I recognize that they are complex and not entirely flattering.” Although she realizes that here are negative connotations associated with the being a “cripple”, she conveys acceptance of herself by wanting to identify as one. Moreover, she says, “As a cripple, I swagger.” This statement implies that she struts both literally and figuratively. Consequently, she likes the attention that being perceived as “tougher” than everyone else gives her; she is aware of how she’s recognized. Although she prefers to be looked at as a cripple, people often associate her with other

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