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The Silencer In the narrative From Silence to Words Writing as Struggle by Min-zhan Lu she struggles to discern between two language discourses she grows up with the one she is expected to use at school and the one she is expected to use at home In doing so she uses language as a tool for survival Being the eager student I adopted this view of language as a tool for survival It came to dominate my understanding of the discussion on the social and historical scene and to restrict my ability to participate in the discussionLu 147 Min-zhan Lu concluded that language should not be viewed as a tool for survival because it is a view that silences Her illustrations show that her conclusion is correct Min-zhan Lu had to write a book report for school When she wrote it she used language from both discourses her schools and her familys She realized she couldnt turn it in and had to write another revision This made her see that she couldnt switch on and off either discourse whenever she needed to Lu became uneasy with the idea that she had to concentrate and watch herself so carefully to write in the correct discourse Lu also used an example of a parlor from Kenneth Burke where the parlor was the setting for a heated discussion between individuals and anyone could walk in and join in and contribute to it However she said When I was growing up I could not take on the burden of such an active role in the discussionLu 147 This was because she had to pay so much attention to what she was saying and it got to be so difficult after time that she would never say anything and thus become silenced I myself have never had this problem so far in my life But I could see where it would be a problem for some people Immigrants coming
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