Language : Tool Of Empowerment

2280 Words Aug 7th, 2015 10 Pages
Bao, Benjamin (Ke Xin)
Professor Davis
English 1A
28 July 2015
Language: Tool of Empowerment Language ultimately defines humanity. The method of what and how we communicate in writing or speech can have profound impacts on the receiver. At its best, language is not only limited to communicating our deepest emotions but to also convey abstract concepts. Nonetheless, the use of language can contain deeper implications and may often be intentionally or unintentionally ambiguous. Words with positive connotations may conjure up feelings associated with joy, inspiration or even empowerment. On the other hand, words that convey a negative meaning may instill images of pain, sorrow or injustice. George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is an ultimate portrayal of the significance of language in society. More specifically, Shaw aims to critique his concurrent society’s exploitation of women and the working class via his renowned play. However, the irony lies in that though Shaw’s play seem to criticize gender and class inequality, the ambiguity by which he paints his characters may be misunderstood by untrained eyes as an reinforcement of society’s objectification of women and the working class. In order to dispel potential misinterpretations on Shaw’s play, it is of prime importance to have a grasp of Shaw’s background and Victorian romanticism. George Bernard Shaw was an Irish born playwright, whom was renowned to be one of the most influential British dramatist since William…
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