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Adichie notes how impressionable and vulnerable we

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Adichie notes how “impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children.” Please explain this idea in your own words, say whether or not you agree with it, and use an example to illustrate your point. When we are told a story a first time as a child without having a previous history or knowledge on the particular topic we are put in a state of vulnerability because we are gullible but with
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fixed impressions at this point in time. However, as adults in other as not to be vulnerable we carry out research on information gathered and weight their findings before giving an opinion. In the Case of children most times this is not the case, they believe and become accustomed to what they are exposed to whether true or false. Like Chimamanda who never had the opportunity to reading novels about people who shared the same physique and character she could identify with hence her writing about European men with blue eyes, played in snow and drank ginger beer gleaned from the English novels she was accustomed to reading. Adichie says that a single story is created by “show[ing] people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” 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 have this believe that people act as they are perceived thereby fulfilling the claims of their stereotypes. This is one of, if not the greatest problem of stereotyping. As seen in the case of people from the Middle East now stereotyped as terrorists because of their fanatical Muslim religion but forgetting that Christianity started and still strive in the region. Amongst those living in the communities are Muslims, Christians and Jews who lead God fearing, loving, passionate and non-violent lives. However, we are fed with the image of people from that region as jihadist and terrorist which only goal is to kill none Muslims and we in turn react accordingly by stereotyping all the people from that region as killers leaving the fate of a whole region to lie on the actions of few. 3. Consider a time in your life when you thought or felt like someone had a single story about you: What was this experience like? How did it happen? What did it make you feel like? How did you respond to this single narrative? On meeting new people and after hearing my accent am frequently asked where am from? Which I reply Nigeria and I sometimes get a follow up question on how I learnt and speak perfect english? And they are amazed when I reply that English was my first language and how I learned my native language after I learnt English language. Unlike before I would feel un easy towards questions like this and would feel insulted but I got to learn as to why people thought so. So instead of feeling dejected, I took it upon myself as a window to educate them.
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