Gloria Naylor's The Meanings Of A Word

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The Meanings of a Word by Gloria Naylor is an essay that first appeared in the New York Times in 1986. The main purpose of Naylor's The Meanings of a Word, was to point out ways where words can take on meaning, regarding whom uses them and for what purposes. The text tells us that the effect of words can leave a lasting effect on an individual, and carry that weight of negativity and questioning. Naylor’s intended purpose in writing this essay is to point out certain events that happen in her early childhood, in which a word had a lasting effect on her, in which she tries to figure out who/why uses that word. This essay brings up issues such like identity and racism. Solutions to solving these problems are to believe that they Will disappear

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