Film Analysis: Sweet Nothing in My Ear

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I chose to do my paper on the movie Sweet Nothing in My Ear. The movie was about a child who was born hearing and ended up going deaf, so his parents had to deliberate on whether or not they wanted to get him a cochlear implant. The wife Laura (played by Marlee Matlin) is deaf and her husband Dan is hearing. The movie is centered around Laura and Dan’s struggle to decide if a cochlear implant is what’s best for their son Adam. It doesn’t help Laura make the decision when her parents are both deaf, and her father is basically prejudiced against the hearing culture.

The main characters in the story with communication disabilities are Laura and her son Adam. Laura and Adam are both deaf. Both of them were born hearing, and then over time
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When hearing people believe they are better than the deaf it’s called audism. An example of this in the film is when Adam is walking in his neighborhood and comes across one of his friends who is playing with another friend of his named Todd. Todd calls Adam an ‘alien’ (Sargent, 2008) and makes fun of him because he is deaf.

Most of the resources I used were found on Galluadet’s website, so there are no stereotypes on there that aren’t accurate. The difference between the stereotype of a disability and an actual disability is that the stereotypes of a disability are what people believe to be true. Actual disabilities are observable facts, and what some would call ‘not politically correct’ (compared to the stereotypes) that are not based on the media. Some common stereotypes of people who are deaf include: they’re not as intelligent, all deaf people communicate by signing, their lives are completely different than those of hearing people’s, they all lip read, and all of them want to be part of the hearing culture. In actuality, hearing doesn’t correlate with intelligence, not every deaf person uses sign language, their lives are just like those of hearing people just slightly more limited, a lot of deaf people can’t lip read, and not all deaf people want to be part of the hearing culture.

Personally, I believe that the film was an example of responsible media pertaining to the communication disabilities presented. The characters were all realistic and
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