Deaf Again By Mark Drolsbaugh

1581 WordsOct 2, 20177 Pages
Deaf Again is an autobiography written by Mark Drolsbaugh. In this book he begins at his birth, goes on to explain what it was like to lose his hearing, and details how this impacted and affected his life. Around the time Mark was in first grade, he began to realize that he was losing his hearing when he began having difficulty hearing some of his fellow students. His hearing continued to deteriorate until he was left completely deaf. This was very tough for Mark, because even though his parents were both deaf, they encouraged him to do his best to continue to be a hearing person. His parents believed that he would be happiest if he could fit in with all the hearing people, but didn’t understand that he could not truly be himself if he was…show more content…
By embracing the Deaf culture, he found his career and his family, and he is a much happier person living for himself and not trying to fit in with what he previously viewed as “normal”. One theme of this book that I found interesting was the importance of baseball in Mark’s life. He speaks of the importance of the Philadelphia Phillies to him, because he enjoyed watching the players “bust their butts” every year, and he looked up to players like Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt (34). Mark was also quite an avid baseball player himself. Even though his first experience with the sport was just a simple game of whiffle ball in the backlot, the most important part of the game was still there. The beautiful thing about baseball is that it doesn’t matter who you are, all races, hearing or deaf, you can play just the same as everyone else. This also opened Mark’s eyes to the what it was like to be different. His friend Sekou, whom he played baseball with, was an African American and he realized that there were certain societal restraints on what Sekou could do. He was frustrated that Sekou, “one of the few people who unconditionally accepted him for who (he) was”, wasn’t able to do certain things because “(his) skin color was a big deal” (35). Mark also learned an important lesson from Sekou’s family when Sekou’s father brought him to their barbershop. As the only white person in the entire shop, Mark understood what it was like to be a racial minority. He
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