Every word has a meaning. To different people, words mean different things and have different effects. And also words mean different things coming from different people. Words and language are strong tools that we use in our everyday life. In the essay "Meaning of a Word" Gloria Naylor discusses how word can mean different things to different people in different situations. Naylor discusses how a word like "nigger" can go from having a positive to a negative meaning due to how it is spoken and by whom.
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Feb Posted by The Gritz. I truly hated reading this story and was completely irritated by it. I was highly offended by the reading and the discussion of it in the class. I thought the account was completely false and destructive for black people. As a black person I have never called another black person the word nigger in my life. I thought it was unfair for the writer to volunteer this as a statement for all black people.
As if it was a relevant word in a relevant text. It was also in a grade school. I was confused, hurt, shocked and sad. I was highly disappointed in Mrs. Naylor text. She aims to be the balance for an underrepresentation of black perspective in writing but I feel that she failed to correctly represent Black voice in this text.
I also found it ironic that this would be considered an relevant educational text when Black men in people space was not. Bookmark the permalink. Are you sure you read the text correctly? She never said the other N word is acceptable.
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A Descriptive Analysis of Nigger: The Meaning of a Word by Gloria Naylor
Feb Posted by The Gritz. I truly hated reading this story and was completely irritated by it. I was highly offended by the reading and the discussion of it in the class.
Gloria Naylor “The Meanings Of A Word”
After reading this selection aloud as a class, English 50 students are required to forum and then journal there honest opinion of the considered reading. I felt it was inappropriate and I was highly offended by the reading and the discussion of it in the class. I thought the account was completely false and destructive for Black people. As a Black person I have never called another Black person the word nigger in my life. I thought it was unfair for the author to generalize this as a statement for all Black people.
The Meanings Of A Word By Gloria Naylor
Gloria Naylor thinks the written word is inferior to spoken language because written language can be taken several ways as well as spoken language. Because any word can be used in several ways, having several meanings but the tone and environment a word is used can vary its expression. Like Gloria Naylor said her family used the word nigger as a form of endearment and honor for a hard working black male. Naylor describes her background and includes real life connections.
The Meanings of a Word
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