Matlin and the Deaf Community Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper looks at the deaf community, focusing on actress Marlee Matlin as a role model.
# 146287 | 883 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2010 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Film (Artist) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses Marlee Matlin, as one of the most recognizable faces in the deaf community. The writer notes that, an Oscar-winning actress, Matlin has also appeared on numerous television shows including 'The West Wing' and 'Dancing with the Stars'. The writer maintains that Matlin has become a remarkable emblem for the deaf community: living proof that deaf stars can shine every bit as brightly as their hearing counterparts. Family members and friends of deaf individuals can learn a lot from reading about Matlin, a role model for the deaf community. The writer concludes that Matlin shows that deaf individuals can remain deeply involved with their communities: actively encouraging deaf children to pursue their dreams and preserving the integrity of the deaf community by encouraging multiple means of solidarity.

From the Paper:

"Matlin won an Oscar for Best Actress in her performance in Children of a Lesser God. The award was meaningful on many levels: for Matlin personally as a sign of her success in the career of her choice, and also for the deaf community. Success in the hearing world--and especially in an industry saturated with sound and verbal dialogue--symbolized a transformation of ideals and ambitions. Aspiring deaf actors finally had a role model. Matlin's success also signified the progress made by deaf culture. Deaf culture could be recognized as part of American cultural discourse."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Putz, K. (2005). Marlee Matlin What my parents understood. Hands and Voices. Retrieved Mar 9, 2009 from

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