would you communicate if you couldn't hear? Or if your voice sounded strange in
your own head? What about if you didn't know the language everyone was using
around you? <em>The Orange Houses
</em>asks us to think about how language works, and what happens when
it breaks down—just because someone can hear doesn't mean they are listening,
after all. And on the flip side, just because people don't share much language
doesn't mean they can't forge meaningful connections.
Questions About Language and Communication
What would be different if Mik communicated in a different way? How do her outdated hearing aids affect her ability to converse when she wants to?
doesn't speak very much in the beginning. Why? What changes to make her speak
taught herself English, French, and sign language (after learning her own
native tongue). Why is she so interested in language? How does it help her
connect with Mik?
Chew on This
her hearing aids as an excuse not to talk to people. It's not that she can't
communicate, it's that she doesn't <em>want</em>
learns languages so she can know more about different types of people and blend
into the crowd.