Speeches. Stories. Books. Advertisement. Through language we are able to communicate are every thought, feeling and experience to other people. In some cases language and how we use it can influence the way we see things and teach us things we never thought possible. Real life and the world in which the Maddaddam trilogy is based has taught us this.
History has seen some of the most influential speakers have a big impact on entire countries through their words. Although their influence is not always a good one, it is an influence nonetheless and shows how much words can change people. In the trilogy, people are practically being constantly manipulated by other people through what they are told. Advertisement tells them they want to remain young and pretty, Adam One tells the Gods Gardeners what to believe in and Toby tells Crake all about how they came to be.
In our world, we have people like Hitler who was able to take advantage of people’s weaknesses to convince them that his every word was truth. I don’t think I need to mention what that lead to… On the other hand, we have very important people who were able to use language for good and to fight for good causes. From Martin Luther King Jr. who fought for equality to John F. Kennedy who gav
e people hope after a time of war, in these cases speeches were used to make a difference in the world.
Another interesting note is how words can be manipulated to suit the persons needs. In Maddaddam, Toby tells the Crakers stories about their origins and “real” life but tends to leave out important details that might make her life more complicated if she tells them considering how many questions they ask.
Language can be a beautiful thing that does a lot of good and some people have a way with words that can really touch people who is a quality that can be good or bad. When a person that can use Language easily to influence others makes up lies it can create wars and change the world in a terrible way. But, like we saw with Toby and the Crakers, sometimes telling a story that isn’t entirely the truth is the only way to go because in who knows how the Crakers would take knowing everything about the real world when they cry when they find out the painballers are bad guys.
Now that you’ve seen how confusing language can be, have you ever found a speech really inspiring ? And if so how can you be so sure it is all truth ? I am the kind of person who believes language can be used as a sort of weapon and should not be taken lightly, do you agree ?
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