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Nobel Lecture 1993 - use of speech by people is not the...

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Hallie Pierce English 1301 07/21/89 Nobel Lecture 1993 Toni Morrison’s Nobel Lecture talks about several topics, one of them being the power of language. When she uses the word language, she doesn’t necessarily mean the English language. Her choice of the word language is to help represent speech as a whole. She points out that a person’s speech can be a very powerful thing and can have meaning to it. But at the same time, she acknowledges that a person’s speech can be harmful. Language can be harmful when using vulgarity, and she uses examples to explain like sexist, racist or theistic language. Such words that have such an awful connotations are more commonly used than ever. People know these words are meant to tear people down, but used in a jokingly manner, people might believe it is excusable. The
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Unformatted text preview: use of speech by people is not the only harmful way language can be used. As she explains, “statist language” being “censored and censoring” (Morrison, 30) is another example. The way a government, or ruling power, can manipulate speech. Withholding information, or manipulating it to appear worse or better of course can cause people to think differently about subjects. I believe Toni Morrison wants the public to be aware that language is almost taken over by the government, and we should consider the other possibilities. In the end, her message is powerful and her message I believe is to merely wake up and understand the value and power of our speech....
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