Introduction to Analytical Writing
September 23, 2011
Writing, speaking, and listening are three ways people use to express their feelings, emotions, beliefs, and opinions. All three work together to make the process possible. In order to listen, somebody needs to speak or write, and in order to be heard somebody needs to listen. Listening can help you learn as well as show respect to the speaker. When a person speaks or writes what they truly believe the listener can learn while listening with no judgment. It is important to express your beliefs if you ever want them to be listened too and taught.
Every person has his or her own opinions. Sometimes people don’t want to speak about topics that cause controversy such as, racism, government problems, illegal immigration, religion, war, homosexuality and many other controversial issues. It takes a strong and determined person to speak the truth and share their opinions about something they believe in. Some opinions on those topics can be seen as wrong. People can easily have the complete opposite opinion on something someone else says. Writing and speaking about controversial topics or even simple things can take courage but it can also be a kind of therapy for the person. People often use writing as a way to express ideas that they are afraid to speak about. When someone shares their opinions, they want people to hear and understand what they believe. They want people to learn and even agree with the things they believe. A person writes or speaks so people can listen and learn and in the best outcome, agree.
Listening to somebody can be a powerful thing. In “Tell me more” by Brenda Ueland, she explains how important listening can be to a person in their life. When you listen to somebody you show the person respect and interest in what they have to say. Brenda Ueland believes, “When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” When someone knows they are going to be listened to or when someone is going to read what they have written the speaker is more likely to let loose and share their true feelings. Ueland says, “…When someone has listened to you, you go home rested and lighthearted.” Being listened to can help you feel better about yourself because it can make you feel important. When you listen to somebody you learn more about the person and become closer to them. Listening can help you understand a person. When a speaker or writer has something to say that can be important or controversial it is important for them to be heard, even if the listeners are just simply themselves. Brenda Ueland believes, “Listen to…those who love you and those who don’t, to those who bore you, to your enemies. It will work a small miracle. And perhaps a great one.” In order to learn you must listen and in order to be learned from you must teach.
Expressing your true feelings and emotions can be extremely difficult for some people. Gloria Anzaldua in “Borderlands” explains it well when she says, “Writing produces anxiety. Looking inside myself and my experience, looking at my conflicts, engenders anxiety in me.” Anzaldua looks at writing as something that can be risky and something she can be judged for. Writing, to her, is also a way to show who she really is and share her feelings that aren’t always accepted. People write to let out their emotions. You can share your sadness, anger, aggression, happiness, love, fear, and hurt through writing. Writing can make a person feel better. Gloria Anzaldua explains, “That’s what writing is for me, an endless cycle of making it worse, making it better, but always making meaning out of the experience, whatever it may be.” When a person writes, a voice is established. The listeners can be other people or at often times, themselves. A good piece of writing comes from the heart. It comes from past experiences and memories. A good piece of writing is easy to realize because it is something you can...