Danger of a Single Story

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  • Danger of a Single Story
    • This title is particularly significant as it encompasses what she's discussing by using the word 'danger'. In the talk she talks about how misleading single stories can be
    • Audience
      • An older audience: this is suggested by her use of academic vocabulary.
      • She states that children are vulnerable. Children look up to adults, so adults need to learn about the dangers to teach children
      • Beginning with her personal experience allows readers to connect from the start
    • The significance of Mexico and Fide's story is that she feels shocked and ashamed. This backs up her point that single stories are dangerous
    • Purpose
      • To inform and educate
      • To lift stereotypes and encourage reflection
    • Form
      • Speech: designed to be heard
      • Use of personal stories to maintain focus and be memorable
    • 'There weren't many of them available, and they weren't quite as easy to find' - metaphorically echoes how Africa are oppressed by the West
    • 'whose ***** hair could not form ponytails' mirrors her as a non-conformist
    • Repetition of 'single story' in line 51 underlines her roommates naivety
    • 'Stories matter. Many stories matter'. short sentences and repetition encourage audience to notice and reflect on these statements
    • Hopeful ending makes tone of speech more uplifting and motivational so will encourage people to change
    • 'they played in the snow, they ate apples and they talked a lot about the weather' long list echoes how stories are they same


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