Sound And Fury Analysis

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" Sound and Fury" documentary is an emotional chronicle of a six year old girl, Heather Artinian wishing to receive a cochlear implant, as well as the conflict created by opposing views of the hearing and the non hearing communities. . Heather Artinian was born deaf. Both of her parents, Peter and Nina, were also deaf. Heather's family, though, consists of both; hearing and speaking members, as well as deaf and using the sign language members. Peter's parents and Heather's grandparents are both able to hear. Nina's ( Heather's mother) parents are both deaf and belong to the deaf community on Long Island, as do Heather and her parents. Peter's mother and Heather's hearing grandmother often speak to her describing the different sounds that…show more content…
The documentary "Sound and Fury" exposes the discourse in perceptions, believes and values of the two groups, two different worlds; the hearing and the deaf. As the hearing members of the family insist on a cochlear implant for the baby and Heather , allowing the opportunity to hear, the deaf members of the family do not believe hearing is important to their lives. They view cochlear implants as a violation of their nature. They view deafness as a blessing, and distance themselves from the hearing world, which views them to be a handicap. They do not perceive their inability to hear as a handicap, and take great offense to anyone who views them that way. The deaf child born to Chris and his wife is received as a blessing and a gift from God. Peter expressed an opinion that inability to hear allows him to be peaceful, as it protects him from loudness and the constant chatter of the world. He does not define himself as a deaf person, he does not mourn the inability to hear, and he does not feel sorry for himself. He views himself to be as normal, successful and happy as anybody with the ability to hear. The ability to hear is foreign to Peter and the deaf community, it lies outside of what they perceive as a norm. It is not required to be a whole, valuable…show more content…
It demonstrates a clear discord in the views of the hearing and the non-hearing members of society. It also demonstrates how language and culture are intertwined, forming an inseparable entity. Sign language used by the deaf is the important denominator of the Deaf Culture. Culture and the identity of the deaf community encompasses beliefs derived from common experiences, practices, and attitudes unique to the deaf. Their language is the one important denominator specific only to the deaf culture, and a symbol with which all deaf people identify
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