Words Left Unspoken Analysis

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The interesting fact about this story is when you have a deaf family member in your family; they develop keener senses of observation and feeling to compensate for their loss of hearing. Leah Cohen, the author of the essay “Words Left Unspoken”, feels like she never really got to know her grandfather before he died. Leah relationship with her grandfather was great and exciting, but unfortunately Leah nor her grandfather couldn’t express in sign or verbally how much they truly cared for one another. They relied solely on touch and this couldn’t establish how they wanted the other person to feel about the other. Leah’s earliest memories of her grandfather was when she was young and how she perceived his chin. She describes it as hard and pointy. Also Leah and her…show more content…
But they could not express their true feelings, but Leah found a way to show her grandfather how much he meant to her by pacing herself like him and making sure that he was aware that she was with him, by touching and establishing their relationship through holding hands. By matching his walk, Leah portrayed that she wanted to be with him and wanted to spend some time alone to create a bond. But in this essay, Leah uses a lot of similes and metaphors like in the last paragraph, Cohen said that now, after her grandfather’s death, “everything seems like a clue” (69). Leah means that everything was a clue as to how much her grandfather cared for her. By the way he tried to express himself by showing her affection in the only way he knew how because she couldn’t understand sign language and he could not verbally tell her. I think this is an effective way to end the essay because her grandfather was showing affection through actions not through words. This is why the title is “Words Left Unspoken,” because the words that were left unspoken were affection and love for his
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