The Single Story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


How might we begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives?


Single stories are, and will stay, everywhere. It is intimidating to consider attempting to reject something that seems so intrinsic to a society brimming with individuals who possess vastly different experiences and views. But just as when Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says “I must quickly add that I too am just as guilty in the question of the single story” we are all subject to the single story and must all work to avoid it. We can begin rejecting the effects of the single story by acknowledging and accepting that we do not know everything. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says that “They (the single stories) make one story become the only story”; once we accept that we don’t know everything – even when we think we do – and communicate with that goal in mind, we will have an easier time walking away from the single story stereotype. However, this is a hard task. Nobody is perfect and that is why the single story still exists. But when we acknowledge that we are all under some influence of the single story then we will be on our way to removing it from our lives.

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