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however, that in contrast to Coetzee, whose Magda creates herself through her words (a two-dimensional creation, i.e. author creates through character), Maake creates Tichere one-dimensionally (i.e. author is the creator). The mirror, however, becomes a powerful instrument to bring Tichere to the reader almost "in perEfran, Lukens and Lukens (1990:23) describe this unique status of language as follows: It [language] is both a major component of human functioning and, simultaneously, the tool with which we
attempt to explain that functioning. This dual status leads to a series of logical paradoxes, of which the masparadox is that language generates the very conundrums it is supposed to help resolve. "Because of our capacity for language", Efran, Lukens and Lukens (1990:24) later continue, "we are self-aand lead self-referential lives. Self-awareness is a mixed blessing, being both a powerful conceptual tool anthe key that opens a Pandora's box of self-referential paradox". Still later the authors illuminate the paradoxfollows (1990:30): Thinking, planning, imagining, wishing, analyzing, evaluating and so on --- all the symbolic functions --- coordinate social performances and serve to greatly extend the range of human possibilities. Moreover, oncperson begins to operate with language, words and symbols become such ubiquitous and integral parts of aperson's experience that it becomes virtually impossible for him or her to determine how the world would lwithout the glasses that those functions provide. However, as useful as our language lenses are, they also b--- more or less permanently --- to some basic truths. It becomes hard to tell which aspects of perception arto characteristics of the lenses rather than the shape of reality itself. Dante, that great pre-Renaissance poet of the twelfth century who dmuch for the development of the Italian language through his poetrand through his scholarly writings (his poetry was in Italian, but hisscholarly works were written in Latin), expressed the belief that "speaking" involves the ability to "externalise our particular though(Eco 2000:42). In this respect humans are entirely different from aneven, and definitely from animals. "It is in languaging that meaningcreated. Without language, life would have to be lived moment-by-moment, minus narrative, evaluation, comparison, or contemplationwould not know who we are, where we are going, or whether or nohave gotten there ...", according to Efran, Lukens and Lukens (1990[Graphic source: -summary-inferno-by-dante.html ]Unit 2: How does language signify attitude & world view?2.4.1 Who is reflected in the mirror?If one reflects on the two extracts once again, several questions present themselves to the reader's mind: Is the human being the image reflected in the mirror? or
Is the human being the image people see when they look a person in the eye? or Is there something else inside a person, invisible, which causes that person to be what he or she in fact is?