In “On the Miracle of Language,” Miller and Jurecic explain that language is commonly thought of as both “a sacred gift” and a functional communication tool (134). But they urge emerging writers to put aside these common ideas, and focus instead on the “creative, generative, exploratory powers” of language (134).
As you compose your reply to this post, first summarize and explain the ideas about language Miller and Jurecic want you to consider, then reply to their prompt reproduced in italics. As you close your comment, include a paragraph about how doing this exploratory writing might contribute to your development of your literacy narrative.
The water pump scene in The Miracle Worker derives in part from all the frustration, rage, and anger that precedes it: the endless hours of instruction that seemed to have no payoff; the screaming; the thrown food. Without the miracle at the pump, Helen Keller might have spent the rest of her life unable to communicate her thoughts to others except through physical behavior, in particular gestures of frustration and protest.
When you reflect back on your own experience, when was the moment that you felt most fully incapable of making yourself understood? What prevented others from understanding you? What did you do following this experience? Was there a way, at some subsequent moment, to bring about mutual understanding, or are there some experiences that simply cannot be expressed? Write [for the rest of the class period] about that moment, doing your best to render the truest representation of your experience at the time. (136)
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