Analysis Of ' A Single Story ' Essay

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A single story is a one sided point of view of something or someone. Single stories have the power to tell false interpretations of the actual story. In a TED talk, Chimamanda’s roommate was surprised on how well she knew English. Her roommate was shocked to learn that Nigeria 's official language was English. She had also assumed that because she had come from Africa, she did not know how to operate a stove. Chimamanda then described how her roommate had felt sorry for her even before she met her. Her roommate has been shown the single story of catastrophe and pity and not the happy sides of Africa. After a couple years she realized why her roommate thought that, because of the photos taken of war and other savage things. Even though this is just one example of a single story, this happens every day; for example Islamic people are shown to be terrorists and killers. While some are, not all are in this position of terrorism. It is unfair for people or things to be single sided because it can cause misconceptions that will change how they or it is being seen than what it actually is. One sided stories are harming society because people are getting false representations of what the truth is. For example the Crusades were misrepresented by both the Christians and Muslims. Neither took into account the others’ beliefs and thus started a war to take Jerusalem. To figure out that these stories are single sided stories we look for, in-accuracy, the point of view, and examples of…

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