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start with secondly e.g start stories of arrows of the native Americans and not with the arrival of the British and you have a different story. This clearly shows how power can change the story of a people.
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2. About her experiences, Adichie says: “All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only these negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” Please explain this idea in your own words, say whether or not you agree with it, and use an example to illustrate your point. I feel as she says that all her story has shaped her to who she is and in this case for better or worse, but she chose not to dwell on the negatives. Thinking of the worst would only cloud all the good that has shaped her. I agree with Adichie on this for everyone goes through their own, trials and tribulations at some point in their lives. Some so dark they lose hope on getting out from under it but when they do and overcome them, their story changes. This is because when one thinks back of those times, they won’t only remember the hard times but how they overcame them and what they learned which I believe shapes one to become who they are. In the case of Mexicans that are mostly stereotyped to be abject immigrants and criminals who come into America illegally through the boarders, this being a true statement but omitting stories like families endangering themselves in search of a better future. Amanda was able to appreciate the complete picture when she visited Mexico and saw businesses thriving and citizens enjoying their lives and was embarrassed of her previous impressions of Mexicans. I agree with her observation because we see this happen around us on a daily basics even most of us fall prey to them. “The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” Please explain this idea in your own words, say whether or not you agree with it, and use an example to illustrate your point. I would like to refer to the anecdote of Adichie were her professor said her novel didn’t pass African authenticity because her characters where educated middle class who owned and drove cars and weren’t subjected to abject poverty. I felt like this story was belittling and disrespectful to the likes of Chimamanda which has the characteristics of robbing one from their dignity and making them feel unequal. I was shocked as to how a person with the rank of professor could make such uninformed statements but I too realized I was making the same mistake as the professor for we both need information.
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