Analysis Of Beauty When The Other Dancer Is The Self

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In the essay, “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self,” Alice Walker writes about how she lost her eyesight in one eye due to a childhood accident. Alice communicates to the reader how, when losing an eye, she cared much less about the loss of her eyesight and more about how she appeared to others. In the story, Alice recalls different points where the accident affected her life. To her, the loss of her eye was not just a physical impediment, but a mental one as well. Once she had a surgery to remove the “glob of whitish scar tissue,” she felt like a new person, even though she still could not see. Alice says, “Now that I’ve raised my head,” and can stop holding herself back from being the greatest she can be. Just as Alice is affected by…show more content…
She uses this to add to the opinion of how we view our self is the most important. Alice felt the perception of herself by others had changed when the whole time it was her judgment of herself that truly mattered in the end. In “Beauty: When the other Dancer is the Self” thoughts come to mind with the saying “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”. Even with never considering myself as ugly this saying could still apply after thinking through it slightly more. The way to interpret it, is everything, not only beauty, depends on point of view or perspective which changes with time as it did for Alice and her opinions of her eye. In actuality people care much less about every move you make because they themselves are too worried about what others think of them. Humans are very self-conscious creators. Even with being the reason for many peoples self-consciousness actors and models are no exception to the effects of…show more content…
On television, people always see beautiful actors and now with Youtube and Instagram, these effects are even more exaggerated. While watching these people our view of how we and others should act, dress and look is changed. Models not only wear the most expensive clothes and extreme amounts of makeup, but some companies go as far as to photoshop to the point where the models can not recognize themselves. This goes to show even though we push ourselves to look like these famous people they have the same struggles they may just arise in other places. We live our entire lives caring about other people 's opinions of ourselves where they seem to become our own but they don’t have to. While most of us as we grow up will realize how foolish this was and be themselves anyway; It takes too long, as children we are not shown to be ourselves but shown to follow the crowd, the safe route. The younger generations need to see that risks can change your life for the better and let each of us live a happier more fulfilled
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