Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self

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Nikki Jones
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Engl. 1301
April 3, 2013
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self

One's perception of themselves is usually influenced by their own experiences. In Alice Walker essay "Beauty: When the Other Dancer self" she describes herself over coming and gaining acceptance of herself exactly the way she is. She narrates in remembrance of the event that forever changed her and perception of beauty. Walker uses superlatives, Metaphors, and tense throughout her writing to deliver her ever-changing outlook toward her own beauty. Walker describes the accident that happens to her as a child to show that one’s mindset can be altered through an intense experience and how her attitude completely transforms from a arrogant child into a newly reincarnated woman who now sees a new kind of beauty from within herself. She uses different points of her life to develop this very idea in separate comprehensible stages.

She brings the scene to life when she tells us how she manipulates her daddy into taking her to the county fair by swirling around, with her hands on her hips, in her pretty dress and biscuit polished patent leather shoes and says '“I’m the prettiest!”' As she parades around using her cuteness for her father's approval. Her attitude is further encouraged by the people of her church. She was always used to hearing “'Oh, isn’t she the cutest thing!' This makes us believe that she is satisfied with her looks and shows us that she is confident with the outer beauty in herself. Then Walker outlook suddenly change. We feel the sadness in her words when she states “It was great fun being cute. But then, one day, it ended.” Walker now describes herself as a tomboy. She continues to make us feel her pain as she goes on to describe the day of the accident that changed her life forever. She puts the mental image in our mind of three young children…...

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