The text "On self-respect in amazing to me because it is an answer that I am seeking at this stage of my life. The question I am now facing is the relationship between character, self-respect, and personal responsibility. Joan Didion says, "character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs." I am in my senior year and I now understand the importance of responsibility. With a good character and with a strong sense of personal responsibility, I have learn to respect what I am doing to apply for college and I have also learned to respect those who are trying their best to help me in the process of college application. This essay portrays the knowledge I have recently gained perfectly. Responsibility comes from a good personal character and a good personal character leads to success in respecting the work oneself is doing. Joan Didion's "On Self-Respect" is the best essay I have read regarding the concept of self-respect and it is the best essay in which to learn a life lesson.
Joan Didion explores the meaning of self respect. A person who has self respect for him or hers respects others. Respect comes in many different ways. It can be from how one person is taught as growing, earned or derived from family members. Didion’s essay shows us the may form of respect and throughout her writing she portrays various scenarios to define self respect.
A person who does not have self respect does not respect others usually this person has low self-esteem. When a person have low self-esteem, on the outside the person looks tough and unapproachable this is because to hide the insecurities of his or hers inside as Didion said “without self respect is to be unwilling audience of one to an interminable documentary that details one’s failing”. As a society we can be pre-judgmental when we see a person disrespect him or herself we assume that they might not have a good role model or live in a...
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