“Darkness at Noon” Harold Krents Harold Krents, a blind lawyer, in “Darkness at Noon” describes some realistic problems that a disabled person has to face every day. He begins his essay by pointing out to the reader that he can’t see himself, and has to depend upon the viewpoints of others. He states:”To date it has not been narcissistic.” As an average reader may not understand the word “narcissistic” means, “Excessively in love with oneself.” It’s helpful for the readers to keep this point of view in mind, since he continues doing so through the whole article.
Harold Krents points out three misconceptions people have about blind people. “There are those who assume that since I can’t see, I obviously can not hear.” “others know that of course I can hear, but believe that I can’t talk, and finally “ The toughest misconception of all is the view that because I can’t see, I can’t work.” It’s surely an unfortunate irony, the disabled person has to deal with his own burdens, and has to accept views from the society. Sometimes similar things happen to me. Since English is not my mother language, I really had hard time to find a proper job. I don’t want to be in the Chinese society for the rest of my life, I want to merge into the American society, too. Medical field is completely new to me, I am interested in it for a long time, but the terminology is killing me. Most of them are the first time to hear, I have to look up the Chinese dictionary to find out what they mean. Without knowing medical terminology, I
am a dumb illiterate person. I can read the text without having pronunciation problem, but I can’t comprehend the exact meaning. It’s like a person and I stare at each other, he knows who I am, but I don’t know him at all. To work in medical field is serious, one can’t make fun of it. One letter can change the whole meaning. Some people have prejudice on me, too. They don’t think I...
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