Essay on Through Deaf Eyes Review

Words: 1521
Pages: 7

In “Through Deaf Eyes” you will find a range of perspective on the question what is deafness? This film is a balanced presentation of deaf experience. I believe that the film does a good job of revealing the struggles and triumphs of deaf people in society throughout history. The documentary covers a span of close to 200 years of deaf life in the United States. You will see experiences among deaf people in education, family life, work, and social activities.

Sign language is language that uses visual hand patterns to convey a meaning without using any vocal. It truly is a superb way of communication, although it was not always accepted in society. Wherever communities of deaf people exist, sign language develops. There was no
…show more content…
Deaf people can sing in bands through sign, play sports and recite poetry just the same as hearing people can do.

In the past, society was not always accepting of a deaf person. Their perspective was to fix it and make them hearing. I remember when I was in elementary school; there was a special education class where they placed mentally retarded, handicapped, blind and deaf students. Basically anyone that was ‘different’ than us. I remember being sort of jealous of them as they created art and other fun stuff like making candles for fund raising. Learning about the hard times that deaf people had to overcome startles me. It is unreal to believe the shocking treatment of the historical figure Alexander Graham Bell. He thought it was a good idea to separate the deaf and have them mate outside of the deaf community because he thought that they would reproduce more deaf people. The deaf people had their own community and their own culture. Having a deaf community has given a good foundation for the next generation to learn and grow just as past generations have done so. The deaf community nearly gave up, through all the troubles and discrimination that they lived through. This truly was inspiring. The scene when they fought for a deaf president to be placed in their college was