In the autobiography Deaf Again, Mark Drolsbaugh writes about his life being born hearing, growing up hard of hearing, to eventually becoming deaf. By writing this book, he helps many people view from his perspective on what it is like for someone to struggle trying to fit in the hearing society. Through his early years, his eyes were closed to the deaf world, being only taught how to live in a hearing world. Not only does the book cover his personal involvement, but it covers some important moments in deaf history. It really is eye-opening because instead of just learning about deaf culture and deaf history, someone who lived through it is actually explaining their experiences.
People had the expectation and misunderstanding that since he had hearing aids, as long as he sat up front and paid attention he should be able to understand everything being said. That put all the responsibility on his shoulders, that if he still didn’t understand the teachers it was... ... middle of paper ... ...lusion, I feel that it is heartbreaking that so much weight was placed on the shoulders of such a small child, unnecessarily. Even though he was born hearing, he was born into Deaf culture. His parents and a large part of his father’s family were deaf. He didn’t need to spend his whole childhood and early adulthood feeling like an outsider, never really feeling like he fit in.
Ironically, first time I told him I loved him, that I can remember, was when I saw him for the first time at Juvenile Hall, on March 8th (Brien, 2013).” Even though Jeff said he loved his son, he never expressed his love until it was too late. Children often feel rejected by their families and their peers. The majority of the rampage killers experienced being bullied in middle school. Most of them did not retaliate against the bullies or confide in adults... ... middle of paper ... ...ole in their adolescent’s lives. Parental involvement can be the most effective way to prevent horrific crimes such as rampage killers.
Both young men grew up without fathers and both young men had very rough lives, though Wes Moore the author had his father for a short time so he was able to see what it meant to have a father and how a father is supposed to treat their children and for a short period of time he saw how a man supposed to be with a respectable job, kind, compassionate, and a good husband. “His easy half smile, almost a look of innocent curiosity, assure me that at least for now the beating would wait.” (Moore p 11) This quote is a perfect example of the kind of father that the author had. He made him feel at ease and was kind and nurturing. Then at such a young age Wes’s father died but he had him in his life for a good amount of time to see what a father should be. As for the other young man Wes he never had a father in his life the only interaction he had with his father was not a positive one.
Mark Drolsbaugh’s Deaf Again is a biography about his life between two dimensions of the Deaf world and the Hearing world as well as the implications he faced throughout his journeys’. Mark Drolsbaugh was born from two deaf parents and was basically forced to adapt to the hearing world even though his parents are deaf. When Drolsbaugh was born he was hearing, however, by first grade his parents and teachers discovered he was losing his hearing. As time went on Mark realized the issues he faced from trying to adapt to the hearing world. Mark Drolsbaugh quotes in his biography, “Deafness is bad.
I asked them if they were born Deaf Al said yes, and proceeded to give me for information. He told me his mother and two other siblings are Deaf but his father is not. He mentioned that being Deaf never bothered him because he was able to live a productive life in spite of the fact that he was not hearing. He also stated his wife is hearing and their two children are also hearing, but he taught them how to sign. After Al was finished I relaying his story I asked Abby the same question and to my surprise she answered and said “ I am not Deaf I am hard of hearing.” I felt a sense of relief Abby is able to speak, but I was a little annoyed that she allowed me to go through all these hoops to sign when I could simply speak to her orally.
Still, he grew up in the hearing world as a lip-reader, and does not separate himself from the hearing culture in the slightest. While his disability can lead to said misunderstandings, it hasn’t stopped Kisor from living his life the way he wants and feels is best for him. When it comes to disabilities of hearing, there is some significant division between people over whether hearing impairment and/or deafness constitutes a disability or a culture. Though Kisor has no residual hearing whatsoever, he did not lose his hearing until age three, and his parents raised him to be a lip reader rather than a user of sign language. He never associated with Deaf culture; he has always felt he belongs with those who can hear.
Gem recalls not ever being hit by his father and the fact that Jem never wants to put his father in that position tells the audience a great deal regarding the father-son dynamic that they share. His ability to relate to his daughter, Scout, is impressive due to the loss of her mother. He is able to explain things in a way that lets the children reflect their own feeling on situations. He compromises and assumes the role of a mentor. He is perfectly content to let his children believe that their father is an old lawyer without many non-academic virtues.
A turning point in his life would be when he made the decision to get his degree. Not actually getting the degree, just deciding to do so. He realized his past experience meant nothing and he had to make a change to better provide for his family. It seems a point of pride that he achieved this with no one telling him that he had to do it, but it was his own drive that pushed him toward it. A positive experience from his childhood would be when his third grade teacher, Mrs. Thomas, told him he was a very good writer Bob notes that though he has never written a book he still prides himself on his writing abilities citing being able to write an English paper the night before and still receive an 'A'.
The book, Deaf Again, written by Mark Drolsbaugh, is an autobiography telling his life story which starts with a young boy growing up who goes through the process of losing his hearing and then, as he gets older, he struggles with trying to fit in as a normal child. When Mark was very young, he could hear fairly well then gradually he went hard of hearing until he eventually went completely deaf. Even though he had two deaf parents, the doctors advised speech therapy and hearing aids because they did not understand Deaf Culture and they thought that Mark would be a lot happier if he could hang on to his hearing persona. Throughout the rest of the book, Mark goes through a lot of stages of trying to fit in with everyone and eventually does find himself and realizes that being Deaf is not a disease, but just a part of who he is. About the time that Mark was in kindergarten, he thought he was a normal child just like everyone else, but he started to distort things he heard in class and was wondering why everyone would be laughing and why he would be getting corrected.