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Alice Walker's "Beauty: When the Dancer is the Self"
A response to Alice Walker's essay, "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self."
# 134513 | 750 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (American)

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This paper examines Alice Walker's essay, "Beauty: When the other Dancer is the Self" that is a brief summary of how her perception of beauty has had an impact on her internal life. The paper looks at how Walker describes how, when she was young and perfect in her own eyes, she was confident and this confidence was lost when she perceived herself as greatly flawed. The paper asserts that regardless of what Walker wants the reader to take away from this essay, the ending reminds the reader that even her alleged acceptance of her remaining flaw is flawed in itself.

From the Paper:

"Alice Walker's essay "Beauty: When the Dancer is the Self" is about how people respond to an individual's physical appearance. However, it is also about how she behaves when her perception of her own beauty is challenged. Walker brings the reader through the stages in her life that begin with the quietly self-assured belief in oneself that exists in childhood, through the accident-related doubts that come in preadolescence, to the changes in her self-perception as she matures and grows. The essay ends by relating a conversation between Walker and her daughter, creating a temporal "loop" back to acceptance again."

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