single story must include people related W r i t i n g

single story must include people related W r i t i n g


Discussion 1:

1. According to Adichie’s opinion, it is not possible to judge an entire people or continent through one story that we read. It may be for someone completely unfamiliar with the place or society he wants to write about. 

it is preferable to write and convey the real image by a neutral writer who lives in the community and knows his customs, traditions and culture because the writer coming from London, for example to Africa, and not all of Africa will certainly compare what is in London with the simple place he will write about, and this is not fair. If we enter history to do justice to how the colonizer used to exploit the wealth of these peoples for the sake of building and prospering their countries. Adichie says, I began to realize that my American housemate had seen and heard different versions of this single story throughout her life. She was asked to write about what was in their imagination about  famines in Africa, ignorance and backwardness, and this is what some call African authenticity. Writing about the single story must include people related to this story, such as the role of governments and individuals.

2. i remember once when we were in the war with Iran, and in light of the intense battle between the tow armies, and after the end of the battle, my colleague, his commander, was asked about the disappearance of his friend, who was no longer with them from the battle. He told the commander, would you let me go and look for him. He told him I will not allow you because he will be killed, and in this case you have not gained anything, and the possibility that you will die too. My friend insisted on going and went and came back an hour later, carrying his friend on his shoulder, and he found the commander waiting for him to say to him. I told you will not gain anything and you will find him dead. My friend said yes, but I found him was alive and he told me I knew you were coming to take me. This was a moment of loyalty and selflessness among friends, for which simple people often pay for presidents for the souls of their people and disregard for the sacrifices and sad stories that peoples and individuals endure.

3. This story may seem simple and often the real stories are less exciting to the readers, but it angered me at the time and left a memory in my that I did not forget. My elementary school was next to the house. We were from the middle class because my father was a government employee. students from all classes of life came to the school, including the poor, the rich, the good and the bad. This event happened  to me in the winter. A week before the Eid celebrations, it seems a bit funny. My father bought me a new suit for the occasion from a luxury store, and I was happy with it to wear it for the celebrations. one day I went to school, as usual, and it was a rainy day. When I got home in the afternoon, I was surprised by my mother asking me where was the suit that you had sent for? I was astonished at the question and said which suit are you talking about? She said: Didn’t you send someone to exactly bring you the new suit? i said no. She said, “A person came and said,” i am your son’s friend and he has fallen on the ground and his clothes are dirty and he asked me to bring his new suit because he could not complete the lesson with the clothes covered in mud. So I gave him the suit. I knew that he was a thief. he stole my joy in the suit and prevented me from celebrating with the rest of my friends, so I had to put on my old clothes and my joy was lacking. This was a shock to me when I was young and affected me later, and I still remember it. I explain this incident due to poverty and the need that prompted this person to think about theft, as well as the the effect of social education and its reflection on the behavior of some families as a result of the unconscious and lack of education. 

4. The exclamation mark from Adichie’s speech is the surprise that occurred to her when she moved to America at the age of nineteen years from Nigeria. She imagined that she would live in a society that does not differentiate between race, gender and color. According to what is found in US laws. But she was astonished by the reality when the name Africa came to be seen as less than the others and the most ignorant of them. this is the result of what they read about Africa as if it were one country. This is also the reason of African governments and their leaderships for their people have not achieved anything for them and the weakness of the media. It is supposed to convey the true and beautiful picture of the reality in Africa. Such as the beauty of nature and natural resources such as agriculture, animals, oil, minerals, precious stones, ancient civilization and others. Adichie discovered the truth of the America viewpoint through her roommate, and this is certainly the view of the whole society as well. It is not permissible to judge an entire minority through the opinion of one person or one book that decides the fate of entire peoples. 

Discussion 2: 

Question 1.

Adichie defines the concept of a single story as a narrative that provides just one perspective again and again (9:35). Consequently, as seen by many several literary writers, single stories are defined based on the different backgrounds and factors that prompted them to start writing. In the case of Chimamanda Adichie, her historical background and rich imagination of writing stories prompted this concept.  A single-story is a one-sided story about a person and only focuses on predetermined stereotypes mostly projected by people in power (13:14). Further to note, the concept grew bigger in her while in good writing and compared her treatment while in the United States. Stereotypes about black people’s identity were the moving factors that informed her description of a single story concept.  The single-story is dangerous because they don’t give us a chance to see the whole person (Ted Talk, 2009). We are compelled to remain with the ideas we know rather than exploring more of the same or different ones.

Question 2.

I had a single story of my African classmates that they live with wildlife back in their country. I did not know this story because I had not traveled to Africa, and I had to believe the story. The story made me see the Africans as different people, and my relationship with them was jeopardized. The Africans hated me to the extent that they would not associate with me as their colleague. The single-story similarly affected me. Adichie describes her experience in the whites people’s environment. I think that my perception of the African people changed after listening to this class’s video clip, as presented by my friend. This has also made me go searching for such video and audio clips on single stories. The story influenced me to the extent that I viewed myself differently and could not see anything beyond my culture. But this has changed over time.

Question 3.

In college, some students, especially those who were not my friends, had a perspective that I was not approachable because of my college appearance and seriousness. They had a single story about my interactions with other students from the college. I heard this from my close friends from college. The single-story they had about me affected our relationship, and very few students would associate with me. I do not think that was about who I was, but college mates defined my personality based on my external appearance. This was stereotypical because they did not bother to know more about my personality, attitudes, or motivations as we moved along I college.  I cannot say that their treatment was bad concerning the literature given about single stories, but I would say that their lack of reading wide made them think that way.  They lacked a variety of lifestyles and only depended on what they knew about their communities

Question 4.

Our understanding and perception of other people, cultures, and communities will affect our interactions. Human beings need to remember that single stories of people or places do not define them (13:54). From the talk presented by Chimamanda Adichie, it is apparent that people from different parts of the world, especially the whites, suffer the stereotypical syndromes of a single-story hood. They believe so much in themselves, without the idea that other people with a rich culture, better brains, and ability to think of better things as they do. The rich culture, in this case, means the discovery of new identities with different people. Chimamanda Adichie presents us with the challenge of viewing Africans differently as in the contemporary world. She further indicates as viewing them with current societal challenges, and not as in the colonial world.   Therefore, we should look for overlapping true cultural stories. Single stories can impact our understanding of different cultures (Ted Talk, 2009).

Question 5.

I have native Indian friends who have been living in America with his family for many years. One day I was invited by one of them to attend his birth party. The Indians are very welcoming and generous. During my visit, I realize that they harvest their crops in the fall and liked hunting during the winter. My friend doubled up this party with the celebration of his success in the project in the field of engineering. I understand that native Indians have a poor financial background, and it never came to my mind that my friend was similar to them back in his country. I viewed him differently; now that it knew how dangerous single stories could be when applied to some people, we know more about their historical milestones or weaknesses. From a colonial point of view, I never viewed him that Indians cannot afford an American type of education unless sponsored. That would be too illiterate of me ad unschooled of me.   Their culture is very different from that of my community.


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