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Interpersonal Conflict in the film American Beauty

- When first presented with this assignment, I got very excited to be able to do a paper on this film. I remember seeing this film as a teenager and did not understand the point of it at all, but as I grew up I began to understand it completely. The movie American Beauty is about a family that is going through a very tough time because of lack of communication. There is a lack of communication between the mother and father and of course that puts a damper on the parents relationship with the child....   [tags: communication, american beauty, conflict]

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The State of Despair in American Beauty

- The State of Despair in American Beauty In life, everyone must make choices. Choices give an individual the freedom to decide upon the path to which they will follow. Since it’s beginnings, the film making industry has focused on showing the direct relationship between the choices that people make and the resulting consequences they must face. In the movie American Beauty, the character of Lester Burnham must make many important choices that could either lead to his ultimate happiness, or draw him further into his despair....   [tags: American Beauty Films Movies Essays]

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Review of American Beauty

- Review of American Beauty The 1999 Academy Award winning movie American Beauty has many major plots and shows the reality of American life. This movie uses symbolism to get ideas across in many different situations and it shows the actuality of life, it is not always what it looks like on the outside. Lester and Carolyn Burnham seem like they have a perfect marriage and a perfect family life while in turn they are having a lot of marriage problems. Lester is going through a midlife crisis; he quits his high-paying job for a fast food service job at Mr....   [tags: Film Movie American Beauty Essays]

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The Film American Beauty

- The Film American Beauty      In life, everyone must make choices. Choices give an individual the freedom to decide the path which they will follow. In the movie American Beauty, each of the characters has a choice he or she needs to make. The main character, Lester Burnham, is faced with many choices that could either lead to his ultimate happiness or draw him further into his despair. Carolyn Burnham, Lester's wife, is faced with a loveless marriage that exists only because she does not possess the willingness to break the cycle....   [tags: Movie Films American Beauty Essays]

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American Beauty

- American Beauty American Beauty tells the story of one man's search for happiness. The film introduces the audience to Lester Burnham, an ordinary- looking married man and father in his forties. Lester is in a loveless marriage. Lester's wife, Carolyn, is so wrapped-up in her real estate career that Lester often claims that Carolyn doesn't even acknowledge him. Furthermore, Lester's daughter, Jane, is completely distant, often claiming how "pathetic" she thinks her father is. Moreover, Lester has dedicated fourteen years to his occupation, and suddenly, he is in danger of losing his job due to downsizing....   [tags: Film Movies American Beauty Essays]

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Timeline of American Beauty

- Not long ago, a woman’s success was measured by the success of her husband and her domestic prowess. Today, a woman is presumed successful if she can emulate the standards of beauty portrayed in the media. Unfortunately, this subliminally enforced standard is unattainable to some women, regardless of the quality of their character. Let’s examine how western women went from being pioneering superheroes, to people who measure their worth against airbrushed photographs of impossibly beautiful women....   [tags: Beauty]

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Miss All- American Beauty

- An American Beauty rose, as known as Miss All- American Beauty is a fragrant hybrid tea rose, capable of lasting long as a cut flower. The rose is known as America’s national flower. Unfortunately it is prone to decaying and rusting (Jo). In Sam Mendes’ award- winning film American Beauty, these roses can be found throughout. Besides the roses, each character involved is chasing after their version of American beauty. The film’s title is appropriate, it is the reason that the whole plot revolves around the characters’ form of American beauty....   [tags: fragant, rose, girl, beauty]

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L'Oréal and the Globalization of American Beauty

- ... Jones acknowledged that and acted accordingly. This was a simple but critical realization that played a vital role in its success. Even though L’Oreal did face a sufficient amount of competition from the big corporate companies such as Unilever and P&G, it never backed down. After holding stocks for 5 years in Helena Rubinstein and Ralph Lauren Fragrances, it took over full control of the two companies in 1988 and 1990, respectively. L’Oreal the continued to make more acquisitions of other health and beauty lines....   [tags: top leading brands in the hair and beauty industry]

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Analysis Of Sam Mendes ' American Beauty

- Sam Mendes’ American Beauty (1999) is a film that proves the American Dream is dead. Acting as a humorous commentary on contemporary American society, the film shows us what it means to be “ordinary” in a way that is almost like a plague. Everyone aspires to conform to the same standard: a big, two-story house with a white picket fence and a kid (or two) in order to be seen as successful (after all, if one wishes to be successful, one must “project success”). In reality, the underlying fabric of these families is dysfunctional and unstable, as seen in the film’s portrayal of the two major families: the Burnhams and the Fittses....   [tags: Fence, Picket fence, Fences, American Dream]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' American Beauty '

- American beauty is about a married middle aged man, who becomes extremely bored with his life. Lester wants to feel young again, and it all starts when he meets his daughter’s young, beautiful, blond friend. Soon after that he begins to work out, smoke pot, and he even quits his job. Basically, he tries to become a middle aged twenty year old. This movie teaches the audience that the aging process is long and filled with no excitement. For instance, the first dinner scene they have is very quiet and they listen to classical music....   [tags: Old age, Ageing, Sociology, Wine]

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The Sacred and Profane in American Beauty

- ... Money is revered, feared, worshipped, and treated with the highest respect.” This reverence of money places its attainment as a sacred thing in and of itself, and Buddy's achievement of this powers his image as a sacred object. One of the most powerful aspects of the film is the exploration of the extent to which a person can be changed by their interaction with and connection to the sacred. The escape, even the perceived escape, from the profane can prove to be a force of immense and dangerous change....   [tags: motivation, social, durkheim]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The American Beauty '

- A surplus amount of people in the common everyday life usually are not content with what they have. Instead, they possess a drive that makes them desire what they cannot have, also known as envy. Moreover, our culture is consumed with the vacant promises of materialism, like having a well-paying job, perfect family and/or luxurious house. Having the image of being happy but in reality, happiness is what they lack. The American beauty is a film that premiered in 1999. The film is centered on a suburban family; Lester, the main protagonist, Carolyn, the wife and Jane, the daughter....   [tags: Happiness, Personal life, Denial, Protagonist]

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Death of a Salesman and American Beauty

- Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that follows the dying days of Willy Loman. Willy is a salesman who is not very at selling whatever he is selling so he takes the easy way out and goes to his neighbor, Charley, who has worked very hard for his money. Willy thinks that Charley and his son Bernard are nerdy and that they are not successful. Success to Willy is all about looks, which is why his son Biff grew up with the idea that as long as you are well liked than you will be successful....   [tags: compare contrast, comparison]

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Hidden Themes in "American Beauty"

- In American movies there are many times basic plots, hidden themes and subliminal messages. Most of the time the producer is trying to make a point that is not clear to the audience. American Beauty is one such movie. The movie contains affection in two homosexual neighbors, a homophobic father, and a mysterious relationship between an average man and his teen neighbor. American Beauty focuses on the last year of Lester Burnham’s life. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is married to Carolyn Burnham (Annette Betting), and their marriage is picture perfect on the outside, but the perfection is only superficially....   [tags: Movie Review, Film Review]

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American Beauty By Sam Mendes

- In the film “American Beauty” directed by Sam Mendes, he uses a lot of different themes but one in particular that comes across the strongest is the one about happiness, what it means and how it is seen by each character. Also how the small things in life make you the happiest Many examples of individual happiness are seen in the film. The storyline is about Lester, a middle-aged man who feels “sedated” in his current lifestyle and routine. He decides to take control of his life once again and begins to go back to his happy teenage days, where he spent summers flipping burgers and smoking pot....   [tags: Marriage, Divorce, Happiness, Coco]

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American Beauty and Thirteen

- ... In both films, Evie and Angela are portrayed as sexually experienced. The type of lighting and camera effect used to show body features and movements is key to let the viewer experience the sexual vibe they let off in the present atmosphere. In American Beauty, Lester’s daughter Jane shows unusual sexual desires with her neighbor Ricky who is identified as a mysterious and creepy character. Sound plays a big role in the scenes that they are both present in because of Ricky’s unusual behavior....   [tags: identity, sexuality, cinematography, costume]

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Homophobia in American Beauty

- I watched the movie American Beauty a couple of days ago and saw how homophobia might be a sign that the homophobic might be a homosexual. So I though I’d write about it. American Beauty centers on the last year of Lester Burnham’s life. Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, is married to Carolyn Burnham, played by Annette Betting, and their marriage is picture perfect on the outside, but the perfection is only superficially. Their marriage is based on projecting one image- a picture perfect suburbia lifestyle when it is in fact quite the opposite....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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American Beauty

- American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) is the gruesome but realistic story of a family living in a seemingly perfect suburbia. Lester Burnham, a father who is falling out of love with his wife, Carolyn Burnham, struggles to maintain a relationship with his family and despises his work. However, Lester remains unhappily in his life until he meets his daughter’s friend Angela, a young girl who he develops a strong sexual desire for. This encounter with Angela causes Lester to recognize the failed reality of his life, and he sets out to change it....   [tags: film, review, reality]

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American Beauty

- The movie “American Beauty” is a drama film that depicts the inter-persona family relationships of repressed middle-class people, describes the process of rediscovering true values in life, and how personal changes affect inter-personal relationships (Cohen, Jinks, & Mendes, 1999). The Burnham family are the main characters of the movie, and the family consists of Lester Burhnam, Carolyn Burnham, and their daughter Jane Burnham. Lester is a desperate and frustrated man who hates his job, cannot confront his wife, does not have any respect from his daughter, and has no control over the events that occur in his life....   [tags: Film Review, Psychology]

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Analysis of Beauty Pageants in American Society

- In American society the promotion of beauty pageants and the like, are in direct relation to the physical and emotional issues arising within women. Like such television shows encouraging and persuading young girls to participate in these activities. Society supports the notion of giving females opportunities to experience and put the act of perfection out. Society puts these females out as role models when they are a complete opposite of how a normal teenage being and young ladies should appear to society on an everyday basis....   [tags: young models, anorexia, beauty pageants]

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The Movie American Beauty and Augustine Confessions

- A stereotype of life is that when people are teenagers they go through a phase where they test the waters with their parents and start to rebel a bit. The teenager thinks he/she is all-knowing, which would be impressive since philosophers grasp for wisdom all of their lives, and think what their parents tell them is not relevant. The story in movies usually ends with the teenager having a revelation or growing up and realizing his parent’s were right and gains respect and love for them. In a sense he comes back home, which reflects the story of the Prodigal’s Son (Luke 15) in the Bible....   [tags: stereotypes, teenagers]

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American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes

- “American Beauty” through images and character depiction attempts to portray and question the triteness of middle class sexual mores. One of the main ways director Sam Mendes portrays this is through symbols, especially in the seductive color red, used to represent both sexuality and youth. The characters of the film, through their dialogue and various deceptions to the outside world also pose questions about society’s expectations for sex. Mendes’ also utilizes lighting, props, sets and music as commentary on the sexuality of all of his characters, both sexual reawakening and oppression....   [tags: Imagery, Characterizations, Sexuality]

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American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes

- “American Beauty” is the 90’s film version of a satire about the ideal American dream of living in suburbia. It was preceded by “The Graduate” in the 60’s, the “Stepford Wives” in the 70’s and “Ordinary People” in the 80’s. “The best films about the suburbs are inherently going to be those that peel back the veneer made of clean lawns and nice cars to investigate the real emotions beneath the surface, whether tragic, comic, wistful, or some mercurial mix of all three.” (Web Design Schools, 2008) In American Beauty the characters may look like ordinary people living in idyllic suburbia but at the same time you see the pain, frustration and regret that they’re dealing with....   [tags: Suburbia, Appearance, Reality]

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The Color Red in American Beauty

- The Color Red in American Beauty "The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul." George Sand hit the nail right on the head when he said this in 1872. Appearance versus reality has been a central theme in many American creative works including the film American Beauty. American Beauty is a film that delves into your typical, middle-class suburban American home and slowly uncovers all of the abnormalities that lie within....   [tags: essays papers]

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Characters are Central to American Beauty

- Characters are Central to American Beauty In this essay, I will be discussing this statement, demonstrating how the characters are established and how they develop. The first character that I will be discussing and analysing is Kevin spacey (Lester Burnham). In this movie, we are introduced to Lester at the very beginning, where he as a narrator tells us he is going to die. Lester is a 42 year old man who is suffering through a mid-life crisis. At the age of 42, he has become apathetic to everything....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Ulysses and American Beauty

- Ulysses and American Beauty      In the "Nausicaa" chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, a virginal exhibitionist, Gerty McDowell, flashes her "knickers. . .the wondrous revealment, half-offered like those skirt-dancers" at Leopold Bloom, igniting his sexual fireworks on a beach in Dublin (366). In a film set almost 100 years later in an American suburb, another virginal seductress flips her dance skirt, giving admirers a peek at her panties, and inspires Bloom's modern incarnation, Lester Burnham, into a similar burst of auto-eroticism....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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American Beauty by Sam Mendes

- American Beauty by Sam Mendes This essay has problems with formating      In American Beauty, 1999, directed by Sam Mendes, we are confronted with the permeating images that have consumed mainstream American life. Mendes exploits these images as constructions that we created around ourselves as a means of hiding our true selves. Mendes is able to implicate us in the construction and make us active viewers by exploiting our voyeuristic nature. In American Beauty Mendes uses the voyeuristic tendencies of the spectator to acknowledge the permeating constructed images....   [tags: Film Movies]

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Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty

- Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty Directed by Sam Mendes in 1999, 'American Beauty' is set in a seemingly typical suburban neighbourhood that gives an in depth look beneath the surface. An ordinary, financially well-to-do family is followed through the point of view of the father (Kevin Spacey). He narrates his life and lets the audience in on all of his quirks, flaws and limitations, as well as those of his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) and his daughter (Thora Birch). The film exemplifies the idea of achieving the 'American Dream' - not necessarily to reach your ultimate goal in life but to portray the image of reaching that goal....   [tags: Papers]

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The Film American Beauty Directed By Sam Mendes

- Throughout the film American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes, different social problems take place in Lester Burnham’s personal life as well as the personal lives of his family and those connected through them. Some of these social problems include that of social class and keeping up the reputation that comes with it, sexuality, and gender. The film centers on Lester Burnham, who lives a middle class life with his wife and daughter, and he begins experiencing a sort of breaking point in his life where he then decides to give up his normal suburban husband lifestyle and responsibilities he would typically adhere to....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior]

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Psychology in American Beauty

- Psychology in American Beauty Have you ever seen a movie that just simply amazed you and almost disgusted you in a way. Well over this weekend my family and I decided to rent the movie American Beauty. This movie recently has won many awards for performances in acting and best role play. But that is not the reason we choose to watch American Beauty. We choose to rent this movie pending on the fact for me to write my final psychology paper on it. American Beauty struck me in very different ways some including feelings of disgust, truth and reality, but mainly it was filled with many social psychology terms....   [tags: Film Movies Papers]

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The Beauty Of American Literature

- The beauty of American literature extended beyond borders by the immersion of the Transcendentalism movement in the eighteenth century. Beginning its formation of the American intellect through a circle of friends in a modest way, the American transcendental movement drew upon the philosophies and religions of the world to bring into play their ideas of the importance of the self in spiritual life. With the leadership for the rethinking of the American Spirituality, Ralph Waldo Emerson was at the front of the movement....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalism]

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American Beauty

- American Beauty There continues to be an everyday struggle for us American’s to find out true identities. There are so many people in our society who feel the necessity to be someone they are not, in order to fit in. Only if they had a mirror; then they could look and see the fear and insecurity in their eyes. There are some situations where putting on a act twenty-four hours a day is a bit too much. For many, the suburban life is the America dream. For others, however, it can turn into a twisted nightmare of unfulfilled desires....   [tags: Film, Movie]

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American Beauty

- American Beauty Spacey and Bening play the unhappily married Burnhams. They have a daughter Jane (Thora Birch) and a nice house in the suburbs, replete with expensive tasteful furniture and a Mercedes SUV. Spacey's character is Lester, a sarcastic but weak-willed advertising writer who inwardly loathes his job and regards his wife with disdain--though he obeys her. Bening is Carolyn: a high-strung career-minded woman with an elaborately coiffured hair, garden, and lifestyle....   [tags: Fim, Movie]

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American Beauty

- American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes in 1999, is one of the best and most unique films I have ever seen. One of the opening scenes of the movie starts with a view of Lester Burnham, his attractive, blonde wife Carolyn Burnham and their daughter Janie and what seems to be what seems to be the Burnhams picture perfect life and picture perfect marriage. The suburban house with the clean cut lawn and perfect garden, white picket fence, the oak trees lining the street, the two cars parked in the driveway, typical ordinary suburban neighborhood....   [tags: Movies Film]

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Intertwined Works Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and American Beauty by Sam Mendez

- Written in 1949 the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller takes the reader to the post war era in America. Here, Miller tells the story of the Lomans. Willy Loman is a sixty-year old traveling salesman. He has worked for thirty-five years to get his salary cut and put on commission, but he chooses to keep his low wage job, even though his neighbor Charley offered him a salary job. Willy suffers from self-inflicted hallucinations about his eldest son Biff Loman and his elder brother Ben, which ultimately leads to his death....   [tags: money, dream, protagonists]

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L’Oreal And The Globalization Of American Beauty

- Introduction: L’Oreal was started in 1907 by French chemist, Eugene Schueller, who developed the world’s first synthetic hair-color product, L’Aureole. By 1912 his hair products were sold in France, Netherlands, Austria and Italy. In the mid-1930s, Schueller moved into the hygiene and toiletry sectors of the cosmetic market with great success. L’Oreal soon earned the reputation as the leader in European hair coloring and skin care products. Although L’Oreal reached European success, entering into the U.S....   [tags: Outsourcing, Offshoring, Free Trade]

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Comparing the Quest in M. Butterfly and American Beauty

- The Quest in M. Butterfly and American Beauty      Happiness is defined as enjoying, showing, or characterized by pleasure; joyous; contented. Based on this definition we all search for happiness our entire lives. Two very different stories address this idea of the quest for happiness. M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang is the story of a man named Gallimard who is longing for his love "Butterfly" to return to him. John Deeney describes it as him, clinging to his idea of a "Perfect Woman" to the end by costuming himself into the victimized Butterfly though his final suicide....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Comparing Lester of American Beauty and Ricci of The Bicycle Thief

- Comparing Lester of American Beauty and Ricci of The Bicycle Thief In American Beauty Kevin Spacey who plays Lester lives a typical middle class life with his family. His wife is having an affair, his rebellious daughter doesn’t talk to him and his neighbors are psycho. In contrast The Bicycle Thief portrays a tight family. Riccis wife loves him, his behaved son talks to him and his neighbors are helpful when a crises occurs. In both of these films the main characters, Lester and Ricci, go through a responsibility stage....   [tags: Film Movies]

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Exploring Identity and Difference from the Scope of Normative Gender and Sexuality in American Beauty and Thirteen

- Today, it seems that everyday tasks are informed by dominant narratives of gender and sexuality. As a result, mundane activities can be understood as either succumbing to, or deviating from heteronormative expectations. The films Thirteen and American Beauty are not devoid these realities. I understand gendered expectations, here, through the scope of identity and difference. I posit that these films challenge normative understandings of gender and sexuality. Additionally, they raise important questions about identity in crisis and personal autonomy....   [tags: film analysis, cinematography]

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Comparing Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian

- Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian After Jane Burnham's first meeting with Ricky Fitts in American Beauty she responds by saying, "He's so confident. That can't be real." If it isn't real, is it a dream. If it is a dream, is it Jane's dream. If it is Jane's dream, is this her unconscious wish for pleasure or happiness...to be like Ricky Fitts. There seems to be a theme running through the movie American Beauty where we see people looking to other people as a source to receive their own sense of confidence, or ultimately, happiness....   [tags: Comparison Comapre Contrast Essays]

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Comparing Perception in Blade Runner, Memento, Three Kings and American Beauty

- Comparing Perception in Blade Runner, Memento, Three Kings and American Beauty Throughout this course, we have seen a number of films that are quite different. These films are diverse in their subject matter ranging from the drama of American Beauty, the political and action based nature of Three Kings, the science fictional social statements on technology presented by Blade Runner, to the fragmented and contemporary techniques of experimental Memento. However, I would argue that all of the above mentioned have been linked by an unsuspecting thread, and I am going to demonstrate what that thread is here....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppola

- Reality. Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary defines reality as “something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily.” But what is real by today’s standards. Does what appears to be normal equal reality. By looking at two different films it seems that the old cliche stands correct. Things aren’t as they appear. American Beauty and The Virgin Suicides give classic examples of how “normal” and “happy” suburban life is anything but. American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes (1999) and The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppola (2000), share many of the same themes even though the plots are contrasted....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast]

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The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty

- The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty       Disillusioned and disenchanted, both Arthur Miller's Willy Loman and American Beauty's Lester Burnham share sexual frustrations and a dissatisfied longing for their respective pasts, but Willy, like T.S. Eliot's equivocating Prufrock, is unable to move beyond the failures inherent in his mediocrity and instead retreats into his delusions.   On the surface, Willy and Lester have all the elements of settled, prosaic lives shaped from the pattern of the "American Dream": large homes in middle- or upper-class neighborhoods, successful children, loving wives....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Objectifying Young Girls is Never Okay

- Background Beauty pageants became a part of American society during the 1920s. They started out as a way to bring tourist to Atlantic City. Adult beauty pageants were first to be televised in the 1950s. Child beauty pageants came on the scene around the 1960s. The pageants were designed to help boost children’s self-esteem and confidence. Child beauty pageants consist of modeling sportswear, evening gowns, dance, and talent. Depending on the type of pageant, the girls may be seen wearing fancy hairstyles and a lot of makeup....   [tags: american society, beauty pageants]

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Attractiveness over Intelligence

- Obsessed with beauty, the American culture seemingly values attractiveness over intelligence. Different media outlets serve to reinforce certain societal feminine ideologies (i.e. thin, tall, young, beautiful, etc.). The overwhelming pressure to conform to cultural standards of beauty and the importance of attaining these ideals of thinness and perfection are commonly displayed in advertising. However, in 2004 Dove launched a campaign that promised to redefine such stereotypes. Researchers agree that a medium that depicts cultural norms and beliefs of “ideal beauty” have a direct negative impact on the perceptions of young women’s self-image....   [tags: American Culture, Beauty]

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The Beauty Of Beauty And Fashion Industries

- Million-dollar beauty and fashion industries both shape and depend on the cult-like worship of what physical attributes the public sees as beautiful. In result, most women feel the effects of those decisions (Dawson 1). Definitions of beauty in the 20th century, when referring to human physical beauty, are nearly always constructed in terms of outward appearance and sexual attractiveness (Wood 1). According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, Beauty is defined as “the quality of being physically attractive.” Standards of beauty today dictate expectations for women, men, children and ethnic minority groups across the board (Mainstream Standards 2)....   [tags: Black people, African American, Human skin color]

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The Vanity in Defining Beauty

- When flipping though the the glossy pages of a magazine it’s easy to notice similar attributes possessed by the models. These include long healthy hair, straight white teeth, high cheek bones, slender bodies and delicate feminine features. One would assume that that these traits are common characteristics of beauty and universally recognized, but that assumption would be wrong. Take China for example, the cultural norm for beauty is incredibly diverse to America’s. Plump round bodies and cherub like faces are traits of the most desirable Chinese belle....   [tags: Beauty]

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The Media Representation Of Beauty

- The media representation of what it means to be beautiful in society has largely impacted the way in which males and females think of themselves. As times have changed, society looks at beauty with a different facet. In early ages, beauty was based on physical attractiveness, whereas, today beauty is reflected through wealth, social status, race, age and sexual orientation. We have become obsessed with the idea of looking and being perfect from the way we dress and our shape of our bodies. With the media becoming so prevalent in society individuals have become disconnected with one another and have set out to be better than the last through competitions....   [tags: Gender, Woman, African American, Female]

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The Standards Of Beauty : The Color Of Skin

- The standards of beauty have been viewed only by the color of skin. The standards of what is defined by beauty are shown by models and celebrities are chosen by the color of their skin because they fit into the eyes of society. The white society oppresses the African American for the different shades of skin color in the black community and not having the high white standards of beauty. The white society takes this racism a step further and internalized the self beauty of the black community. The community is between blacks vs....   [tags: Black people, Race, White American, White people]

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The Media 's Image Of Beauty

- Racism. Colorism. Self-hatred. White Supremacy. These are all the effects left from slavery and as time passes by generation after generation are still being taught such deplorable ideals. Many may argue that racism is not a shared notion of the majority or it is not as relevant in our modern society, but in reality it is just as prevalent as it was for our country’s African American ascendants. In today’s society black people are granted equal rights as Americans, so how we are still being is chained down by the slave mentality....   [tags: Black people, Race, African American, Racism]

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The Beauty Of Blackness By John S. Rock

- The beauty of blackness is a question that may be hard to answer for some people and easier for others. The beauty of blackness goes beyond the physical characteristics of a person. Things that are incorporated into answering the question is black beautiful are traditions, values, and history. This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. The answer to this question may be different and have different perspectives. Blackness is frowned upon and shamed in the eyes of some people. In the eyes of others blackness is seen as an iconic way of living and sometimes blackness open up the roots of pain and hardships African Americans had to face back during times of slavery....   [tags: African American, White American, Race]

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Child Beauty Pageants

- The lights are intensely bright as they reflect off the stage, leaving numerous loud, edgy mothers in dim luminosity behind them. Six year old Cindy pounces into the rays of the spotlight with a sham smile, flaunting her rehearsed dance, facial expressions, and postures. She finishes with a brilliant beam and pose, thinking of how much she has gone through to be on that stage: the eye waxing, hair dying, extreme dieting, fake teeth, layers of make-up, clouds of hairspray, extensions that give her headaches throughout the day, and the hours of practice she is forced to execute....   [tags: American Society]

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Different Types of Beauty to an Extent

- America is also known as the universal "melting pot", where diversity is welcomed with open arms. This nation as a whole re programmed itself to be more accepting and more tolerable of what is out of their form of ‘the norm’; but, to what extent. According to Google definitions: beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight. So, speaking of technicalities, beauty varies in the eyes of the beholder or the individual’s opinion....   [tags: America, Diverse Beauty]

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The Reality Of Beauty Pageants

- The show “Toddlers and Tiaras” which aired on TLC for six years showed the lives of little girls who competed in beauty pageants; this is how beauty pageants recently became popular. These pageants focus on beauty, modeling gowns and swimsuits, as well as a talent portion. The winners of these pageants are called beauty queens and they receive a tiara and possible cash prizes. The contestants range from ages two to sixteen. As quoted by Kahlil Gibran, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” When it comes to beauty pageants, what’s on the inside does not matter....   [tags: Beauty contest, Beauty, Child beauty pageant]

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Our Fatal Quest for Beauty

- Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” He meant people search for beauty, even though people truly possess it inside themselves all the time. Beauty is in the individual and should be self-satisfying. However, today's cultural definition of beauty negatively influences individuals self-esteem. Society's idea of beauty is unachievable, demoralizing, and dangerously obsessive. Can people even achieve the cultural idea of beauty....   [tags: Beauty Essays]

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The Effects of Media on African American Females

- ... Such insensitivity and ignorance has been expressed to these women by authority figures and people they know. Adepero Oduye shares a few comments that were made to her by people she cared for. She says, the people say you never work with hair like that, natural hair…I thought about changing my name; somebody suggested I get a nose job…and I'm just like I'm just trying to be me…” she continues by pointing out that “the message was, who I am isn’t enough.” In addition to being beat down by those around them, Famous African American women tear themselves down also....   [tags: over-sexualization, black beauty]

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What Is Beauty?

- In American culture today, society's view of beauty is controlled by Hollywood, where celebrities are constantly in the lime-light. The media watches Hollywood's every move, and is quick to ridicule “A-listers” whenever they dare to gain a few pounds or to let an uncontrollable pimple show. The media has created a grossly distorted mental image of what should be considered beautiful, and with almost every junior high and high school-age girl reading and viewing this message, the idea has been instilled in them as well....   [tags: Beauty, argumentative, persuasive, definition]

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The Media Hides the Truth About Beauty

- Beauty is a very abstract idea. As far as human beauty is concerned, in today's society there are celebrities and pop stars to look for as the ideal man or woman. At first this idea may seem pretty normal due to the amount of fame and fortune the celebrities have. On closer inspection, many of the celebrities have had various plastic surgeries to manipulate themselves into a so-called "perfect" form. Some famous people have so many surgeries performed on themselves one would believe they were a shape-shifter because every time they're seen something in their appearance has changed....   [tags: Beauty Essays]

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Beauty Is Powerful Phenomenon, Trait And Fashion Trend

- Beauty is Powerful Phenomenon Hair style is manifestation of culture, trait and fashion trend. First of all, hair style is one kind of art and manifestation of humans’ intellectual achievement. Hair is a part of an individual’s sexual and racial identity. Hair can give us notice where he/she come from. Secondly, there are many types of hair. Hair is not just good hair or bad hair. We can distinguish hairs base on our skin color or racial and ethnic identity. Because hair is our bone cell and it carry genetic inheritance....   [tags: Race, Black people, African American]

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The Beauty And Fashion Industries

- “Every girl deserves to feel good about herself and see how beautiful she really is- physical beauty is a false concept, and, at the same time, falsely equating beauty with goodness and self-worth. If you don’t see perfection in the mirror, it suggests, you’ve been duped by the media and suffer from low self-esteem.” (Postrel, 2007). We live in a society where girls need to be six feet tall and a size two to be considered beautiful, a society where men have fixed ideas of a perfect women; an unattainable beauty that is both destructive and unhealthy....   [tags: Human physical appearance, Beauty, Aesthetics]

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Beauty: The Media Profits by Making Girls Hate Themselves

- Beauty is a cruel mistress. Every day, Americans are bombarded by images of flawless women with perfect hair and smooth skin, tiny waists and generous busts. They are presented to us draped in designer clothing, looking sultry or perky or anywhere in between. And although the picture itself is alluring, the reality behind the visage is much more sinister. They are representations of beauty ideals, sirens that silently screech “this is what a woman is supposed to look like!” Through means of media distribution and physical alteration, technology has created unrealistic beauty ideals, resulting in distorted female body images....   [tags: Beauty Essays]

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Children and Beauty Pageants: Just Say No

- Young girls should not be exposed to beauty pageants. Beauty pageants became part of the American society in the 1920's. Child beauty pageants began in the 1960's. Child beauty pageants consist of modeling sportswear, evening attire, dance and talent. The children are judged based on individuality in looks, capability, poise, perfection and confidence. (“Kareen Nussbaum”) Putting your child in a situation as to being Judged by others is terrible. Young girls should not be judged by how they look, weight, height etc… this can make the girls feel insecure about themselves when they are older....   [tags: child beauty pageants]

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The Beauty Detox Solution and Foods

- “The connection between food and beauty is incredibly powerful. Just by changing the foods you eat you can radically change the way you look and feel” (Snyder, 2013). Kimberly Snyder is the author of the Beauty Detox Solution and Beauty Detox Foods. While backpacking for three years throughout 50 countries, she learned how health and beauty are viewed. Because of her fascination with what she learned, she became a certified nutritionist when she returned to the United States (Snyder, 2013). Not only has she shared her health tips on Good Morning America and the Dr....   [tags: american diet, detox solution, kimberly synder]

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The Beauty Of Black Women

- “When my skin is lighter, I just feel prettier.” (Major 2014) “Being lighter shows you belong to a different place on the social ladder.” (Elsa 2014) This is the thought process that many darker-skinned women have, especially African American females. It’s prevalent especially in our generation due to presence of the media in our lives. We begin to idolize lighter skin and eye color characteristics, thin nose and lips, and desire a different hair texture. The media very much changes our perception of ourselves and our standards of beauty....   [tags: Black people, African American, Human skin color]

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Beauty Pageants Are The Most Important Person For All People

- Parents are the most important person for all people, the majority of children are influenced by the opinion that parents can give them. The Beauty pageants, are an appearance competitions that children or all people show their physical aspects. They have numerous aspects which influence this decision, parents want that their children to be famous. According to Zuma, who wrote one article in the magazine “The Week”, giving some reason why Beauty pageants are harmful for the children. The three most important reasons is that the girls can grow up fast and do not enjoy their childhood, parents sexualize young girls, and can also cause cognitive and emotional problems (Zuma)....   [tags: Beauty contest, Beauty, Human physical appearance]

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Crime Against True Beauty

- Eight girls are standing in line at a movie theater. All smiling in a carefree manner that could be expected of any all American teenage girl. However, statistics say that two of these girls bare scars on their bodies that our society would deem, “self-inflicted”. The truth of the matter is, these two girls are wounded by the immense weight of our cultures requirements for beauty. Requirements that can potentially be explained by science, but neither the way in which our society allows itself to be controlled by such mundane fancies nor the effect on the people it oppresses is by any means justified....   [tags: Beauty]

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The American Winner Did Not Win The Crown Of Miss America

- Sweat, anxiety, and expensive hairspray filled the room as Miss California’s Crystal Lee and Miss New York’s Nina Davuluri stood hand in hand for the announcement of who would be the lucky winner of Miss America 2014. The rapid beating of thousands of hearts was the only noise that filled the room as soon as the host uttered the words, “Ladies and Gentleman, your new Miss America is...MISS NEW YORK!” People everywhere burst into screams, whoops and hollers, all around the world, all for different reasons....   [tags: Beauty contest, Beauty, Miss Universe]

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The Bombardment of Barbie’s and the Branding of Beauty

- “[In] a poll done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of 3,000 fourth to tenth graders revealed that most girls can’t look in a mirror and say, ‘I’m pretty!’ or even ‘I’m okay!’”(Cordes 4). Social media, avenues of peer and parental influences, and role models of “beauty” cause young girls of today’s society to develop distorted views of beauty for themselves. America over time has reached a level that depicts beauty as an unrealistic and unachievable model of the “perfect beautiful girl.” According to research by Shelly Grabe, Janet Shibley Hyde—both staff of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—and L....   [tags: Beauty ]

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Beauty Pageants

- Throughout history, mankind has promoted excellence through primitive rituals, community events, and collectively instilled ideals. Beauty pageants represent one of these efforts in their endeavor to define femininity and grace as well as ever-changing gender roles in society. While some believe beauty pageants to be harmless social events that provide educational and national advancement, spawn awareness for charitable causes, and encourage confidence, others suggest that such competitions confuse societal morals, exploit women, and instill insecurity in young girls worldwide....   [tags: American Culture]

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Children Beauty Pageants

- As the clock steadily ticks down the minutes until show time, the dressing rooms grow chaotic as last minute preparations are performed. Final gusts of hair spray are generously applied to the girls’ hair, and extra bobby pins are securely fastened to their heads to prevent a single hair from falling out of place. While the girls apprehensively await their moments to shine, their stylists and mothers hastily finish applying their makeup and adjusting their glitzy outfits. Aside from a few shed tears, the girls are soon ready to begin....   [tags: Grand Supreme, young beauty, Elizabeth Day]

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Beauty in the Eyes of the Dine' Navaho Culture

- Throughout this unique class, we have explored many amazing facets of the Dine’ people. From stories, to pieces of art, to the language itself, the beauty of Navajo culture is easily seen by all who have the fortune to come into contact with them. Unlike Navajo culture, however, the Western world uses a very loose definition for “beauty” that typically revolves around physical traits: a beautiful girl usually looks a certain way, a beautiful voice usually sounds a certain way, and a beautiful painting usually looks a certain way....   [tags: Native American peoples and beliefs]

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Campaigning for Real Beauty: Dove® and Changing Stereotypical Body Images as Seen in the Media

- Today society has never been more aware of the impact the media has on what is considered to be an attractive person. Those who are most vulnerable by what they observe as the American standard of attractiveness and beauty are young females. Their quest to imitate such artificial images of beauty has challenged their health and their lives and has become the concern of many. As a result, advertisements used in the media are featuring more realistic looking people. As the modern world has changed, the idea of what is beautiful has changed as well....   [tags: attractiveness, beauty, eye of the beholder]

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Beauty Podcasts

- Numerous clothing ads appeared in the August 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine to show of the fall's biggest trend especially for “back-to-school” shopping. The eyes of the reader are first drawn to Seventeen's headline of “1081 Ways to Look Amazing;” and further into the magazine, the readers are attracted to models who appear to look like seventeen year-olds. Majority of the clothing ads portray the “everyday” teenager who is constantly happy, and most of all, thin. However, Torrid's clothing ad differentiates from the rest of the advertisements....   [tags: Beauty ]

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Beauty in the Media

- Beauty in the Media: Unattainable Beauty- Self-Improvement or Self-Destruction. Sexy lingerie, skimpy clothing, high heels, and lots of skin; this is what can be seen walking down any street, flipping through any magazine, browsing online, or shopping for groceries. Everywhere a person turns women’s bodies are being graphically used to sell a vast variety of products. Sex sells is the mantra of the advertising world and why would it not be when the use of sexual images dramatically, and provable increases sales....   [tags: Unattainable Beauty, IMprovement, Destruction]

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Sheri S. Tepper's Novel, Beauty

- There are many misconceptions about beauty and its importance, in todays society. In a time when physical beauty can be of utter importance, we seem to be at a loss of it. What is beauty and where can it be found. Can we see it in the air we breathe, the brilliant oceans, in the striking sunsets, or even in one another. With the weight of beauty in today's society, the common use of expressions used to describe life's brilliance is expected. The many expressions used to discuss beauty such as "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" and "beauty runs only skin deep" all stimulate different opinions and create controversy, but the most notorious of all, being that "beauty doesn't last forever...   [tags: Beauty Sheri Tepper Essays]

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Beauty Redefined: The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

- The definition of beauty has been distorted through out time. When most people think of beauty, the first thing that pops into their mind is the physical appearance of someone or something. Beauty is not based only of what is on the surface. There is no standard of perfection when it comes to beauty. There is no right or wrong when it comes to beauty, only what one believes is the truth. Beauty is the way one feels about themselves as well. There are many companies that have changed their way of advertisement....   [tags: beauty, dove, advertisements]

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What Is Beauty?

- What Is Beauty. There are a number of perceptions on the idea of beauty. To narrow down this broad subject, one must view a plethora of information on the definition of beauty. In today's society scientists have included a number of statistics about how the real world views a person. However, these studies show that society can be harsh on the concept of beauty when criticizing a person on how they look on the outside. In a 2008 Dove article entitled "Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem", the article asserts that girls take how they and other people view them very seriously which lead to drastic measures such as wrist cutting or starving themselves....   [tags: Beauty, definition, argumentative, persuasive]

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The New Face of Black Feminine Beauty

- The New Face of Black Feminine Beauty Since the early 1900s, Black women have had a fascination with their hair. More explicitly, they have had a fascination with straightening their hair. The need to be accepted by the majority class has caused them to do so. Though the image of straight hair as being better than coarse hair still hasn’t left the Black community, there has been a surge of non straight hairstyles since the nineteen sixties. Wearing more natural hairstyles, which ironically enough include ‘weaves’ and ‘hair extensions’ has been considered to be more empowered and more enlightened....   [tags: Hairstyles Beauty Advertisements Media Essays]

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Family Dynamics And Beauty Mishaps

- Glitz. Glam. Flippers. Spray tans. Curlers. False Eyelashes. These are just a handful of items that comprise a beauty pageant. But it isn’t simply beauty products and hours of routine rehearsals that fill the screen on the hit TLC reality series Toddlers & Tiaras, everything from tantrums to sass function together to help form an episode of this popular TV show. Toddlers & Tiaras is a reality program that dives into the world of competitive beauty pageants, typically showcasing a few different young contestants, normally girls, and their families on their journey to the competition, from rehearsals to the performances and awards....   [tags: Beauty contest, Beauty, Stereotype, Sun tanning]

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What is Beauty: Unrealistic and Unobtainable

- What is Beauty: Unrealistic and Unobtainable For centuries mankind has unsuccessfully attempted to define beauty. Greek philosophers, including Plato, tried to define beauty as if it were as simple as any other law in nature. However this cannot be so because the idea of what is beautiful has varied throughout cultures and the ages. In the 1800s women who were pale and rather plump were considered objects of desire; but in today’s society, desirable women are slender and tan, among other things....   [tags: Beauty, argumentative, persuasive]

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