Out Of All Them Bright Stars Literary Analysis

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Language is used everyday in lives. We use it to communicate with each other to show how we feel or think. Comfort can drift away from us if we do not have the ability to communicate with others. Barriers can present themselves when trying to communicate inhibiting language. In the short story Out of All Them Bright Stars by Nancy Kress, she puts an alien in a normal dinner and everyone is uncomfortable with his presence there except his waitress. At first she refers to him as “it”, but once she realizes there is no barrier to communication her comfort level increases. Nancy Kress uses one of David Seed’s themes: language to show how it can comfort us. Seed states, “When novelists began to address the problem of other languages, they tended to draw on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that our worldview is shaped by our language and also to show how language could be caught up in power play.”(Seed 44) This can be applied to the importance of language in the real world in the medical field. It is very easy to have a barrier to language. Humans find a certain amount of comfort when being able to communicate with others. If healthcare providers are unable to communicate with…show more content…
It was what separates us from other living things. Richard Lederer wrote, “While some of these other species possessed the physical apparatus to talk, only Homo sapiens did speech tremble into birth..” in the article “The Humanness of Language”. His article is about how language is what made us humans, so if we take this universal asset to us other things follow it including comfort. Humans are so use to the ability to communicate with others, that ability is taken away we lose a sense of our humanity. This also connects back to what Seed mentions in his book that humans associated language with life and it being a characteristic of human nature. If we find something to connect us with someone or something, we can feel more comfortable with our
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