Essay about Speech Sounds By Octavia Butler

1782 Words Jul 26th, 2016 8 Pages
How do you see yourself? Are you fat or skinny? Are you pale or tan? How are your eyes shaped? What is your heritage? How often do you judge yourself or are you happy with yourself? As every person looks in the mirror to make observations of themselves and carries their own thoughts and beliefs onto others, prejudice or acceptance is the result. In three selected short stories: Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler, Hands by Sherwood Anderson, and In Response to Executive Order 9066 All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Centers by Dwight Okita relay important messages that prejudice knows no boundaries, has not changed, and acceptance occurs in both those who judge and are being judged. Prejudice beliefs and actions have been around for as long as humans roam the earth. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, prejudice is simply defined as “an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc.”. In Speech Sounds, the level of prejudice beliefs are essentially primitive. In a ruined America over ran with a plague, prejudice beliefs are solely based on survival. Verbal communication is nonexistent. Rye experiences these raw feelings and observations when she initially encounters Obsidian solely based on his appearance stating, “Thus, when the driver of the Ford beckoned to Rye, she moved away warily.” (Butler 409). Much like a shy dog, the authoritarian figure of Obsidian dressed in a police officer’s uniform and…

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