Context Response “Storytelling”
Prompt: Words have great power but they can be manipulated.
“Words have enormous power. They can make us erupt into laughter or bring tears to our eyes. They can influence, inspire, manipulate and shock. They can build and destroy.” A quote from Bruna Martinuzzi (an author and educator). When we are able to fully understand and interpret the meaning of our words it can make our country stronger, by producing educated powerful leaders. The power of words can unite nations and cause them to federate. Words can also empower us, they can be our call to arms and our call to fight and defend our country for instance in World War II. A persons words hold power, this can be a good thing, but when someone desires great power they can use words to manipulate and control others such as the words of Adolf Hitler. In Michelle Smiths article “Criticism of ‘dangerous’ School Texts Ignores Literature’s Role in Learning” she dismisses the theory that teenagers can be influenced by their reading, leading them to do things that they wouldn’t normally do, such as commit suicide. While this theory may be true of a small minority of the population, it is not applicable to the vast majority. The novel in question, Smithereens, is a short story anthology intended to promote a more thoughtful approach to learning. Though the words in this novel might be said to manipulate young people’s minds to the point where they commit suicide, but they might equally open their eyes to an alternative approach of life. These words may be uplifting for some adolescents as they may recognise their own situation on the printed page. The power of words may be a lure for some, who just want to keep turning the pages and then skip to the end to find out what happens to their favourite characters. In Lisa Collins article “The power of fiction”, first-grader Lisa wanted to hear the ending and words of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe so desperately that she ignored the...
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