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P3 high self esteem PAPER 3 - 14 October 2008 Self-Esteem...

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14 October 2008 Self-Esteem and The Power of Language and Education The power of language is an extremely powerful tool of communication. Writers in “Why Heather Can Write: Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars” by Henry Jenkins use this power to help communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with others through their own writings. Also, for blind writers, such as those in Oliver Sacks’ “The Mind’s Eye: What the Blind See”, the power of language empowers them to communicate the complexities of blindness. Just because they cannot see does not, by any means, mean that they have lost the ability to tell, which is shown by Sacks through the various memoirs of select blind writers. Likewise, in Jean Twenge’s “An Army of One: Me, ” the power of language is questioned through the instruction of high self-esteem. Even though it has become a mandatory aspect of learning in recent generations, self-esteem, as shown by Twenge, has many consequences. Both the writers on the Harry Potter fan fiction website and the blind writers in Sacks’ essay commemorate, recognize and embrace the power of language as it promotes education, whereas Twenge questions this notion in the teaching of high self-esteem. The writers on the Harry Potter fan fiction website’s newspaper The Daily Prophet engage in an intellectual activity in which they celebrate learning through writing stories. It keeps young writers focused on aspects of learning, such as reading and writing, which are crucial literacy skills. “Teen writers develop a vocabulary for talking about writing and learn strategies for rewriting and improving their own work” (Jenkins 285). Children learn to expand their knowledge and further advance and share their excitement for learning through, not only the writings of their own, but those of fellow writers. However, according to Oliver Sacks, many blind writers are exceedingly dissimilar in various ways. One would expect that all blind people
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2 would not be able to see any images of any sorts and because they are blind, they are not able to visualize anything. Some are able to still visualize images in their minds, even though they have been blind for many years, while others have a virtual extinction of visual imagery and memory. This ability to visualize, for some blind writers, is used to share their own excitement for learning and expanding their knowledge. Blind author John Hull is one who lost his vision at the age of forty-eight. When this happened, “not only the loss of visual images and memories [occurred] but a loss of the very idea of seeing” (Sacks 507). The sheer aspect of imagery was detached from Hull’s mind. However, “He seemed to regard this loss of visual imagery as a prerequisite for the full development, the heightening, of his other senses” (Sacks 507). Hull uses these improvements of other senses to connect one part of the world to another. For instance, when it rains, he uses the sound to “delineate a whole landscape for him” (Sacks 508). Furthermore, he uses this to contour his life and the world around him and to make connections.
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P3 high self esteem PAPER 3 - 14 October 2008 Self-Esteem...

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