October 26, 2012
Incarceration and Heteroglossia
Its interesting to use the word heteroglossia in a subject such as prison inmates, they don't seem to coincide with one another but this article does exactly that. Every prisoner is a voice and the culmination of those voices linked by an author is heteroglossia. A prison is actually the perfect setting for this term because inmates more than any other humans within our country yearn for the ability to be heard. They want to be heard because nobody has listened since the day they were incarcerated. If an inmate pleads his/her innocence that is more or less in denial of their crimes and their voices are immediately dismissed by the general listener. If an inmate excepts his/her crime they are condemned as criminals and still nobody will listen to them. Lets think about the prisoner voice for a second. The prisoner since the day he/she was busted has created a new voice inside their head that either accepts what they have done or dismisses any such crime, and that is it, they are left to dwell. In no other situation in our country is somebody left to dwell on their mistakes for such an extensive period of time(a sentence). Its this psychology that author Daniel wanted to capture. Incarceration is a period of reflection like no other and if someone is given the chance to expel their inner monologues of the experience, I'd listen, its the perfect opportunity for heteroglossia.