"The picture he had of the city was reduced to what she said of it, and finally it was her speech alone that could call up and protect that picture.
conclusion that, once abandoned by words, the city would fall into ruins.”
— Abdekelkebir Khatibi, Love in Two Languages
Words are very powerful things, they are not simply just letters written on a sheet of paper; they can inspire, motivate, and evoke certain emotions. Think of your favorite songs and realize that the lyrics can bring joy, happiness, sadness, depression, loneliness, longing, or any emotion imaginable to others based on their own personal experiences. Dave Matthews’ song lyrics for “Funny The Way It Is” are able to capture this phenomenon when he says, “Funny the way it is, Whether right or wrong, Somebody's heart is broken, And it becomes your favorite song” (“Pandora” np). Examples of the pure power of words have been shown throughout mankind’s history. Many great leaders such as Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and even our current president, President Obama, used words to influence, motivate, and encourage their followers in positive ways. Authors in literature have recognized this trend and use powerful sayings or words to intensify their plot and to evoke specific emotions from their audience. “Timshel” or “thou mayest” was a reoccurring word in John Steinbeck’s fictional novel East of Eden, their was a struggle or contemplation of the exact translation that was parallel to the theme of good vs. evil found throughout the three generations of brothers (Steinbeck np). This one word meant redemption, forgiveness, and liberation all at once. Another example of the power of words in literature is in Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road that is about a man and his son who are traveling down the road after a catastrophic event. To “carry the fire” was the boys main concern and those words meant a world of difference (McCarthy np). It gave the man and his son the strength and encouragement to just keep going. Khaled Hossieni’s novel The Kite Runner used the repetition of the saying “for you a thousand times over” to induce an overwhelming response in the reader’s emotions through the use of irony (Hosseini np). The huge power of words in literature, speeches, songs, and sermons are seen over and over again. The use of such powerful words can evoke emotions, motivations, and encouragement to the listeners because they are not just characters put together…there is emotion behind each single word.
Cain and Abel is a story found from within the Bible about two brothers who are to give god a sacrifice to show how sorry they were for their sins. Cain the older brother is a farmer and decides to burn up some of his leftover hay while his brother, Abel, who tended after the sheep, picked the biggest and best one to sacrifice. When Abel’s burned brighter Cain knew that God had rejected his gift and became livid with his brother...