In writing a narrative from the point of view of Sarah Norman from Children of a Lesser God , it is important not only to consider Sarah's personality and character development through the play (as Ashley mentions here), but also to take into account the historical context of the play...
In writing a narrative from the point of view of Sarah Norman from Children of a Lesser God, it is important not only to consider Sarah's personality and character development through the play (as Ashley mentions here), but also to take into account the historical context of the play and the moment it is aiming to capture.
The conflict at the heart of Children of a Lesser God, which is the struggle for understanding in the relationship between Sarah (who is deaf) and James (who is hearing), is also mirrored in the larger historical backdrop for the play: the conflict between the Deaf community and the broader hearing society.
Any narrative that aims to take on Sarah's point of view needs to consider the world she was living in. Not only is it important to convey her independence and the value she places on that independence, but also the historical conditions that cause her to develop and cling to that independence. She grew up in a world that was always telling her what was best for her. Hearing people made the decisions about deaf education, ran the schools, and taught the deaf students what they felt was best. But when Sarah learns ASL and experiences the Deaf community, she sees the independence that comes with having a language to express herself, and she chooses the language and form of expression that is natural and fulfilling for her. Learning lip reading and speech doesn't feel the same way, and the hearing world forcing their own forms of expression on her makes her feel like they think ASL is lesser. Sarah wants to communicate with ASL not only because it is the language that works and was made for her, but also because in making that choice she is claiming an agency that the world has never given her. Her independence is rooted not only in her individuality, but also in her desire for a community that values her and takes her seriously. Her commitment to ASL is not a matter of "staying comfortable" but rather of being empowered.