Listen To Me: An Analysis Of The Poem Listen To Me

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1.-When I think about what being Deaf is like I imagine a quiet life. Like you know that feeling when your ears are all clogged up and you can 't really hear anything, like the world feels congested? That is kind of how I imagine it is like except for you can not hear anything at all. I imagine it is a life of having to be extra cautious when out, and also a life of having to work around certain hurdles.
- I imagine that Deaf individuals go through all types of experiences that I cannot even imagine unless I was living through them myself. I imagine often they go through experiences of them having to explain they are deaf because most people would assume the person they are meeting is hearing. Times such as ordering food, or paying for groceries.
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To be listened to, for hearing people to listen to the Deaf individuals that they know or meet. One does not have to hear to listen.
-The message that the author is trying to get across is for us to be open to learn from and make relationships with people in the Deaf community. They are people with dreams, aspirations, and knowledge just like anyone else, and just like anyone else, they want to share their experiences and knowledge with the people around them. The author wants people to look past our differences and see that we are all the same.
-The author alludes to people in the Deaf community being treated differently for being Deaf. That even though Deaf individuals are just as capable as anyone else they are often not looked at that way. They are treated with pity or distain because they are Deaf. Also, that because they cannot hear people may not take the time to get to know them and to be their friend.
-The author lists multiple successes of Deaf or individuals such as Heather Whitestone, Marlee Matlin, Thomas Edison, Ludwig van Beethoven and many more. These people are role models for Deaf individuals to look up to and to aspire to be like or even

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