Chimamanda Adichie Ted Talk

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Novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, in her TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story, narrates her experiences of the outcomes knowing one side of a story. Adichie’s purpose is to convey the idea that hearing one side of the story and not knowing the other multiple aspects to a story is a danger to one self and others. She adopts a humorous yet objective tone in order to evoke similar feelings and experiences to her audience who have dealt with being stereotyped or who have stereotyped others. Chimamanda Adichie filmed her TED Talk in the summer of 2009, where she argues that instead of focusing on the tip of the iceberg stories, we should aim to look deeper into characteristics of the stories, with the understanding that there are several facets to…show more content…
She appeals to her audience with an incident by admitting her faults of a single story when she “was startled” by the idea that her house boy’s family could do something such as making “a beautifully patterned basket,” when all she knew about them was “how poor they were.” Adichie makes her appeal to ethos stronger by admitting her faults of single stories of others, which allows the audience to understand the wrong doings of a single story. Though Adichie speaks of her own experiences of a single story, she gives an example of someone who stereotyped her from a single story of Africa. She develops a cultural ethos when her American roommate who is stunned by the idea that Adichie could “speak English so well” and how her “‘tribal music’” was Mariah Carey; her roommate had a preconceived story of Africa: “a single story of catastrophe.” This further develops her ethos using her credibility of a single story being used against her. Her reliability is further strengthened by her ethical appeals when she addresses the single story of Africa comes from Western literature. The single story started when there was a merchant who believed that black Africans to be animals who had no home or when poet Rudyard Kipling thought of them as “‘half devil, half child.’” The use of her…show more content…
She appeals to pathos when she speaks about how a professor told her that her novel was not realistically African, the professor expressed that her “characters were too much like him,” her characters were not the conventional Africans that the professor perceived from a single story. This further advances her appeal to pathos by convincing her audience with an amused tone where she proceeds to give another occurrence of a single story. The professor believed the characters to be the opposite image of what is perceived of Africa, however her amused tone brings light that this conversation entertained her. Another moment Adichie explains is when she spoke at a university, when a student came up to her and said that it was a disgrace to hear that “Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character” in her novel. Adichie’s reply to the student was in a vexed tone where she had answered with how “it was such a shame that young Americans were serial murders” after have read the novel “‘American Psycho.’” In these scenarios, her appeal of pathos brought out many emotions, one was laughter. The way that Adichie spoke about these moments, her audience responded with hilarity. Their reactions to her experiences were ones that could understand how she felt in those moments. The experiences help establish the
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