Rachel Gifford Ms. Heather McIntosh AP Language and Composition 17 May 2013 Words Not So Easily Forgotten Some people say that the pen is mightier than the sword. Language leaves a deeper scar than a sword ever could. Any form of language can harm a person physically, emotionally, and mentally. A scar from a sword will heal, but a scar from language stays with a person forever. Language has the potential to harm a person’s physical state. In many sports, the athlete’s performance is considered to be based off of their physical and mental abilities, almost equally.

The athletes with negative ND discouraging attitudes do not perform as well due to the fact that “we control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull” (Orwell 268). People’s perception of the world around them is based off of the individual’s mind. The mind is a powerful tool because people can use it to change situations around us; people’s minds have the capability to turn any situation into a negative one. Whether the discouragement comes from one’s own minds or from others, it makes people limit themselves physically, and harming their physical performance.

Learning from our past history is the key to a better future. Moo controls the past’… ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past” (Orwell 37). If the United States’ history was altered and no one remembered the history before it changed, the government would have the power to make any regulations they desired. The government would be able to do as they please because if the people do not have any history to tell them that the new regulations are out of place or wrong, people would not question it.

Much like in George Rowel’s novel, 1984, the citizens of the utopia had forgotten the history from before it was altered, and the people never questioned it and as a result, the people lived in a society completely controlled by the government, and hardly anyone believed it to be wrong. Without the knowledge of history people are vulnerable to manipulation and control. The absence of written language can also leave a physical impact. In Zorn Neal Huston novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character Jeanie, “… Didn’t read books so she didn’t know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop. ” (72). Due to Genie’s illiteracy, she is unable to read and show her true potential. She did not comprehend hat it was unnecessary to marry, or to find a husband. While married to Jody, Jeanie was not allowed to excel intellectually, and was not allowed to express her opinion. Genie’s lack of reading did not at first allow her to be independent, which led to her having physical restrictions on her by Jody. Due to Genie’s lack of literacy, she found herself intellectually restricted and verbally restricted by Jody.

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Written words are Just as damaging as verbal language. Language can also limit a person emotionally. Words have no meaning until a person interprets the words in their opinion. There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf AT Trolleys Telling untouched Dye tongue” (Hurst 23). Pancreas AT words are not defined by a dictionary, or even from the person speaking the words, but the meaning solely depends on the person who the words were meant for.

The receiver of the words can take the intended connotation of neutral or positive into negative and insulting connotations. This can make a person feel unappreciated, hated, or ugly. Words can also shape people’s perception of other people. In Fitzgerald book, The Great Gatsby, Daisy is described as having a “… Voice… Full of money… That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the Jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it… High in a white palace the kings daughter, the golden girl… ” (120).

According to Gatsby, simply Just the voice of Daisy shows her wealth and elegance. The sound of Daisy’s voice made Gatsby emotionally stressed out because he was unable to tell Daisy when they first met that Gatsby was poor and could not provide for her. Just by the way someone presents their words can create opinions about that person. Violence leaves a less memorable mark in a person’s memory than words have. In my experience when it comes to physical fights, I was not really hurt, any injuries I had healed quickly. I also soon forget all about the fight as if it never happened.

When it comes to being verbally bullied, those memories still replay in my head like a movie. I can still feel how it felt years ago when those harmful words were spoken to me. Those memories also bring linings of regret, for not speaking up for myself. I sometimes replay the situation in my head and speak up for myself, as if it would change something, but it never does. Those emotional wounds still have not healed after many years, where as my physical wounds healed quickly. My memories leave me stuck in emotional regret. Language also has the potential to affect someone’s mental state.

There comes a point in life where one must start to think for themselves. In 1984, the main character Winston states, “She had not a thought in her head that was not a slogan, and there was no imbecility, absolutely none, that she was not capable of swallowing if the Party handed it out to her” (Orwell 67). When a person is constantly taught the same idea over and over it becomes stuck in their head. If a person is constantly told what to do with no choice, eventually they will stop resisting. A person will have no original thought of their own, but simply repeat phrases from others, much like the result of 1984.

For example, in school, students are taught all through elementary and middle school that the answer must be A, B, C, or D. When students go to high school and cover that there are essays and more critical thinking past the four answer choices, most students do not know what to do. Students have been trained for so long that the correct answer will be in front of them that they have forgotten how to think critically for themselves. Schools are reversing intellectual progress throughout elementary and middle school rather than improving it. Limitations of language can also make people feel like an outsider.


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