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Language is the subject It is the written form with which Ive managed to keep the wolf from the door and in diaries my sanity In spite of this I consider the written word inferior to the spoken and much of the frustration experienced by novelists is the awareness that whatever we manage to capture in even the most transcendent passages falls far short of the richness of life Dialogue achieves its power in the dynamics of a fleeting moment of sight sound smell and touch -excerpt taken from Gloria Naylors The Meanings of a Word Words The first sentence of this excerpt can have several interpretations depending on which synonym of the word language you choose to use It could be her theme her topic her focus the area that is under discussion Language for her is the subject the one she has used to support herself the form she has employed to preserve her sanity In the first part of her third sentence Naylor states that she considers the written word inferior to the spoken in spite of her second sentence it is second rate of lesser importance than the words actually verbalized For her written words do not hold as much power as those that are spoken she and novelists like her are aware that even the most descriptive and moving of passages do not fully capture a fleeting moment of sight sound smell and touch the way dialogue does Naylor is of the opinion that one simple gesture scene scent or sound achieves what a thousand words describing them cannot and this is frustrating to her hence her statement I consider the written word inferior to the spoken I disagree with this idea and argue that the written word is superior to the spoken There is a phrase that says that the pen is mightier than the sword Taken in literal terms this phrase is a physical impossibility Obviously he
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