Power and Mystery of Naming Things

Topics: Woman, Shame, Eve Ensler Pages: 3 (984 words) Published: November 11, 2012
Analysis of “The Power and Mystery of Naming Things”

Eve Ensler’s essay, “The Power and Mystery of Naming Things” was published on April 2010 on the Web. Some issues can be considered on her essay and worth to be discussed as follow. Her specific audiences are mostly whole range of women around the world. She suggests a simple way to break some unreasonable rules, habits, cultures, customs and traditions against women which has been set for many centuries. She asked women to break their silence and speak up against violence, and release themselves from their prison. She believes “each woman tells her story for the first time, she breaks the silence, and by doing so breaks her isolation, begins to melt her shame and guilt, making her experience real, lifting her pain” (Ensler 268). By this means they will not only help themselves but also “one person’s declaration sparks another and then another” (Ensler 268). She asked women to practice and spread this action to protect the other oppressed women around the world. Esnler used some examples, description, narration, facts and cause and effect strategies to make readers understand her essay. Her essay is one of the effective essays for women of this era to find themselves and unite against for their problems. Three parts of Ensler’s essay will be discussed: Her belief and cause of it, Women around the world, and importance of encouragement and get united. She chose the word “vagina” as one specific and important part of women’s body which was always forbidden for women to pay attention or even think of it in their private. She defined how important for a woman to name something like “vagina” which is important because she believes by “naming my shame, exorcising my secrets, revealing my longings, was how I came back into myself, into my body” (Ensler 267). Vagina is the part that women are gifted from God to reproduction the human beings, but prohibited even to think about it. The paradox is “saying of it...
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