She begins the story with a very smug outlook on life where she knows she’s beautiful. “I’m the prettiest!”(442), a young walker decrees as she abuses her beauty for her father’s approval. This attitude is further encouraged by the society of which she is a product. She is always used to hearing praise from people such as “Oh, isn’t she the cutest thing!”(442). In a culture like this, Walker begins shaping into a commodity more than an actual person. Walker herself even views her younger form with disdain because of this snobbish attitude, because she writes in a tone that shows her as such an unpleasantly shallow child through her perspective as an adult. Using proclamations such as “It was great fun being cute. But then, one day, it ended.”(442) Walker shows her contempt for her former self by demonstrating the mere temporary happiness that ones own exploitation can provide. Because of this early depiction, Walker can then use the drastic change which occurs later to express her drastic attitude change with greater effect.
Walker’s use of different stages makes a more profound impact on the reader’s... [continues]
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