The danger of a single story

Analyisis of Language, Form And structure. 

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  • THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY BY ADICHIE
    • STRUCTURE
      • Circular structure
        • Repetition of the story brings us back to the beginning
      • The speech takes us chronologically through key times in the writer’s life.
    • CONTEXT
      • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose novels are inspired by Nigerian history. 
      • She uses her personal experiences to warn, guide and advise us all.
  • The target audience for this lecture are adults who have false image of the world around them.
    • She uses academic vocabulary, such as vulnerable and incompressible, suggesting older group of people.
  • Gives immediacy to the text
    • Connection to the audience = Personal pronoun
      • "Im a story teller"
        • DECLARATIVE: To trust her - declares her authority
        • LANGUAGE
          • "British and American children's books"
          • "All my characters were white and blue eyed, they played...."
          • "They opened up new worlds for me"
            • METAPHOR: Opened her eyes to other cultures
          • "I realized"
            • Sense of enlightenment: People can learn about her
          • "Only" P7
            • ADVERB: Mother said one thing, therefore, creating a single story.
          • THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY BY ADICHIE
            • STRUCTURE
              • Circular structure
                • Repetition of the story brings us back to the beginning
              • The speech takes us chronologically through key times in the writer’s life.
            • CONTEXT
              • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose novels are inspired by Nigerian history. 
              • She uses her personal experiences to warn, guide and advise us all.
  • Irony/declarative
    • "weren't quite as easy to find as the foreign books"
      • LANGUAGE
        • "British and American children's books"
        • "All my characters were white and blue eyed, they played...."
        • "They opened up new worlds for me"
          • METAPHOR: Opened her eyes to other cultures
        • "I realized"
          • Sense of enlightenment: People can learn about her
        • "Only" P7
          • ADVERB: Mother said one thing, therefore, creating a single story.
  • "Tribal Music"
    • JUXTAPOSITION
      • "Mariah Carey"

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