Presentation Title

Born a Crime, Raised to Reign: A Literary Psychological Study on Interpersonal Theory and the Triumph of Emotional Intelligence in Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime

Presenter Status

Graduate Student, La Sierra University

Presentation Type

Paper presentation

Location

Buller Hall, Room 250

Start Date

24-5-2019 9:15 AM

Presentation Abstract

Suffocating amidst the entrapments of racial limitations and the incapacitating effects of seemingly unavoidable poverty, Trevor Noah, comedian and active host of The Daily Show, is the “miracle outcome” of a post-apartheid childhood and sheer proof of the triumphs a strong, cultivated emotional intelligence has over situational oppressors. Emotional intelligence is defined as a person’s capability to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, handling interpersonal relationships sagaciously, with a degree of the vital trait of empathy. With this in mind, it is crucial to survey and note how a life, like Noah’s, is able to grow in kindness rather than hate. How are his ideas motivated by care, rather than conceit and, even, vengeance? Outward aggression and an inability to comprehend reason would all be acceptable realisms of a situation like the ones Noah repetitively experienced. Though, through support systems that have cultivated a strong sense of emotional intelligence, Noah was able to rise above. This study seeks to survey the applications of Interpersonal Theory within Noah’s memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood and identify the successes of a parenthood that results from raising a child beyond the confines of government.

Biographical Sketch

Kaitlin Palma is a second-year graduate student at La Sierra University, currently pursuing her MA in English (Literature and Composition). Her studies of interest include rhetoric, composition, and comparative literature. Post-graduation, she plans to begin a career in the field of journalism and eventually seek her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition.

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May 24th, 9:15 AM

Born a Crime, Raised to Reign: A Literary Psychological Study on Interpersonal Theory and the Triumph of Emotional Intelligence in Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime

Buller Hall, Room 250

Suffocating amidst the entrapments of racial limitations and the incapacitating effects of seemingly unavoidable poverty, Trevor Noah, comedian and active host of The Daily Show, is the “miracle outcome” of a post-apartheid childhood and sheer proof of the triumphs a strong, cultivated emotional intelligence has over situational oppressors. Emotional intelligence is defined as a person’s capability to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, handling interpersonal relationships sagaciously, with a degree of the vital trait of empathy. With this in mind, it is crucial to survey and note how a life, like Noah’s, is able to grow in kindness rather than hate. How are his ideas motivated by care, rather than conceit and, even, vengeance? Outward aggression and an inability to comprehend reason would all be acceptable realisms of a situation like the ones Noah repetitively experienced. Though, through support systems that have cultivated a strong sense of emotional intelligence, Noah was able to rise above. This study seeks to survey the applications of Interpersonal Theory within Noah’s memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood and identify the successes of a parenthood that results from raising a child beyond the confines of government.