Comparison between Achebe’s view of the connection between language and violence with Toni Morrison’s argument in her Nobel Prize acceptance lecture
With language toni Morrison creates an allegory in which life and death of the bird represents life and death of language. Washington post journalist Eugene Robbinson calles the allegory ‘a spiritual defence of the view that words are weapon often used by the strong against the weak’
She succinctly conveyed the importance of society’s careful consideration of and respect for language
She exemplified this honorarium within the craft of her speech
She defended herself against crtics of her worthiness as a nobel laureate
First person ‘’the version i know’’ the first personsingular usage of ‘’i’ separates Morrison as an individual story teller one amoungs many distancing herself from the personal nature of the story
She speaks ‘i don’t know’ it is in your hands it is your responsibility’ the you of this response refer directly to the young people in the story and metaphorically to morrisons critics. As her further discourse unflurs, the ‘you’ also refer to the world as a whole as people are responsible for language and respoibible for keeping it alive.
‘she’ ‘the old worman’ or ‘the blind woman’ this third person singular refrence separates Morrison as a non character, and modifies her role as a storyteller.
‘they’ is a group of young people who are ‘bent of disproving her’ and ‘showing her up for the fraud they believe she is’ this brief split into idiomatic speech gives a hint of histality and and reveals a alighly accusatory tone while mantainig ethos and pethos with her reader.
By molding rhetorical devices and wielding point of view morrision inspires wise, lovers of language
‘’break into the silence’
‘’the furute of language is yours’’