Orchid of Bayou Reaction Paper

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Orchid of the Bayou Reaction Paper
October 7, 2010

The book Orchid of the Bayou was eye opening. Cathryn (Kitty) Hoffpauir Fischer did a good job of being honest, which really allowed the reader to get a better understanding of what being deaf in this time period meant. Her writing really allowed me to see the different struggles that deaf children had to face, and how these struggles were overcome by Kitty. This book taught me many things about Deaf culture. First, this book allowed me to see the negative way in which deaf people were perceived. This book is not old by any means, and I was taken aback by the way deaf children were perceived by not only others in the community, but often times by their own parents as well. The term
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The diagnosis of Kitty’s disease is another instance where we are able to see her bravery. She is told that she will soon lose the sense upon which she relies upon the most, her vision; yet she is only upset for a very short amount of time. She knows that she will eventually be more isolated than ever before, and will be unable to see her son or husband again, yet she does not stay down for long. Kitty’s courage is displayed throughout the book, and it amazes me. Last, this book gave me a better understanding of Deaf culture. I have read a few other books, and therefore had a little bit of an understanding as to what Deaf culture is, but this book really showed me just how close of a community it truly is. Kitty finds a comfort at her school that she was unable to have at home; this is because she is finally able to experience and become a part of Deaf culture. The most obvious trait of Deaf culture that was shown through this book is the fact that they do not feel sorry for themselves or consider their deafness to be a disability. The acceptance and pride that members of the Deaf community have for their language and their identity is really shown through Kitty’s

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