The most prominent feature of the scene is the heads of the individuals pictured. The individuals with ears for heads represent the populous that relies mainly on their hearing for communication and the visitors with hands for heads represent the deaf populous that communicates with sign language. This physical difference represents the communication barrier between the two cultures. The cultures have different sensory orientations. One culture acoustically oriented while the other is visually oriented. These different orientations are what created the barrier. Deaf culture relies on their hands and eyes for communication (hence the hands as heads emphasizing their “ASL mindedness”) while the majority culture relies on their ears and mouths to communicate (symbolized by the ears as heads which emphasized “hearing mindedness”).
The lack of communication leads to misconceptions and judgment of the deaf community and their culture. The misconceptions of deaf individuals are portrayed in the depiction of the deaf as aliens. People who do not understand them have alienated them. The lack of communication has caused...
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...s that “sometime several Hearing people treat us the Deaf people like aliens or weirdos” (Scearce). Many of these issues could be resolved if the root of the problem was addressed and people sought to raise awareness about the deaf community, deaf culture, and the deaf way of life.
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