Sexy: How Society Views Women

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Woman in society

Woman in Society
Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story “Sexy” Miranda like all young women is searching for a man that makes her feel like she is the most beautiful person in the room. The idea of beauty now is not of what it used to be, whatever happed to the idea that a woman who is a little bigger isn’t beautiful? That in order to be perfectly beautiful you need to look young and be a double zero? In the story Miranda thinks she has found someone that thinks she is beautiful, and he does just not the right beautiful and it takes a day with a young boy to realize that. In Susan Koppelman Cornillon essay “The Fiction of Fiction” she states that “woman internalize the male idea of the feminine and create themselves in the shape of that idea” and stated later in the paper “Female Stereotypes in Literature (With a Focus on Latin American Writers) by D. Jill Savitt, that “many woman writers have strayed little from the given stereotypes of the female character that so plague literature” and “when the female character deviates from the norm…more attention is then called to the purity if what the female character is supposed to be.”(Savitt lines 9-10, 12-13) Beauty today is just skin deep, it doesn’t matter how smart you are or caring or anything else it just matters how young and skinny you are. Miranda like most woman is self conscious about herself, because she is not the right beautiful for society. She tries to get Dev’s attention and does in fact get seen. In doing so she gets involved in a cosmetic sale. the woman blatantly tells her that she better “start now…all [her] wrinkles are going to form by twenty-five.” (1225) In a society where getting old is just not acceptable how are woman supposed to survive? The idea that Lahiri is trying to get across is that we, as woman and even young girls, focus on the outward appearance of ourselves and not who really are and that is why the norm of being beautiful has changed. Miranda represents woman...
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