From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime

Another example of why words have so much power is in Robin Tolmach Lakoff’s story “ From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime”. Think about reading critically. This means reading with the goal of finding an understanding of the text whether its fiction or non-fiction. As your reading pay attention to the use of words, such as the language the author uses. For example, in Lakoff’s story language played an important role in the war. These words changed from culture to culture and war to war. But in the war soldiers used nicknames, and...

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robin tolmach the power of words in wartime

In “The Power of Words in Wartime,” a scholarly article written by Robin Tolmach Lakoff, she argues that the way we use words, especially in times of war, alters our perception of the opposing side of the war; also known as our “enemy.” In the article, it is mentioned that names are given to the enemy to make it easier to kill. These names dehumanize the enemy and therefore, we think of them as inhuman. Changing the language during wartime makes the soldiers feel superior, therefore, making it easier to kill the enemy. Lakoff argues that this perception will do harm in the future and is an incorrect way to refer to human beings. She supports her argument by stating examples of nicknames that were given in past wars, and addressing the modern day Abu Ghraib scandal that occurred in Iraq. Lakoff’s intent is to inform people about the problems that occur when using dehumanizing language in order to promote more peaceful actions. Lakoff argues that using this language dehumanizes our enemy, and this language could cause an immense problem in the future. Although, she argues that this language is misused, I disagree with her, because this is a beneficial tool used during wartime, and it is just another tactic used to defeat the...

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Essay From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime By ROBIN TOLMACH LAKOFF Published: May 18, 2004

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