Essay on Deaf Again

730 Words Mar 3rd, 2002 3 Pages
After reading Deaf Again I learned a lot of new things I didn't know about Deaf culture and was drawn in by the story of Mark Drolsbaugh. "The hardest fight a man has to fight is to live in a world where every single day someone is trying to make you someone you do not want to be " – e.e cummings. I was brought into the book immediately from this quote and realized how difficult it must have been for Mark to find his identity. He was trying to hang on to his hearing in fear of going deaf as if there was something wrong or not proper with being deaf. It took him a long time, twenty-three years to realize that the Deaf culture is receiving and it was there for him to embrace the entire time. It would be difficult to be able to hear and …show more content…
Also, not having ASL as an accepted language yet he was forced to use his hearing aids and pathologists. All of these things were "roller coaster rides" for him, but his grandparents were always there for him and taught him a lot of important lessons growing up. Religion was also an integral part of his life, where he went through Judaism, Christianity, and Quakerism.
When Mark told Linda that he would except the job as dorm supervisor at PSD he started his first step towards Deaf culture and never looked back. This was his first step to what he called Deaf Pride. It took him a while to understand the importance of ASL. Attending Gallaudet was his first full- blown reaction to Deaf culture. The president down to the students, were all deaf. After taking the time to join into the Deaf culture Mark struggled, but to him it became a blessing from above and throughout his experiences he made a lot of spiritual references, which I believe made him a stronger individual. Graduating from Gallaudet, then marrying Melanie and having a child were all blessings to him. He went through a lot in his life. Being the only student to graduate high school from GHS while dealing with his grandfather's cancer, which later claimed his life.
This book was very interesting and I learned quite a bit about Deaf culture. I've found that there is no definition of what constitutes a deaf person. There is so much diversity among

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