In class we looked at "heterglossia" as a plurality of voices. Merriam Webster defines it as "a diversity of voices, styles of discourse or points of view in a literary work". "Public Secrets" by Sharon Daniel relates to heteroglossia because it is, in itself a plurality of voices and a diversity of voices. Sharon uses different points of view from prisoners as she visits and talks with them to make her point across. She wants to make known the things that are going on behind the closed doors of prison, the women's prisons. I do not know if I am in agreement the people do not know what is going on behind the doors of prison. I know that we may not know specific details, but I have always known that women are mistreated in prisons. I do not see that as a secret. Perhaps, I guess she is saying that we dismiss it and don't want to know, there for we ignore it? So she wanted to make it known by interviewing and speaking with people who have been there?
I suppose there are things that people just do not with to know because if they ignore it, it doesn't have to effect them or get into their head or effect their emotions. I always think about extra terrestrials when I think of this idea. People do not want to know about aliens because it would challenge religion which is what a lot of people base their existence on. It would cause chaos. This, to me, is a public secret. In daniel's piece, Each person's story is a different voice and she puts them together to form a project to learn more about the hidden secrets and whats goes on inside prisons. A male is not going to see the situation the same as a female. Also, the workers in the prison are not going to see things in the same light as the prisoner. There are opposing idea within the piece that form the heteroglossia.