February 25, 2014
When thinking of the word beauty, would you think of inner beauty or outward beauty? Every person has their own perspective of what being beautiful entails. The definition of beauty is pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. In Alice Walker’s account in “Beauty” she struggles with finding her inner beauty. As a little girl Alice Walker spends so much of her time focusing on being beautiful on the outside. By focusing on the outside so intently, forgetting about being beautiful on the inside. As a child she is shot with a BB gun in the eye causing her to lose her eyesight. Being shot in the eye causes her to lose her self confidence. he focuses on how feeling un-pretty can affect you mentally, how people view us compared to ourselves, and what being beautiful requires.
Feeling unbeautiful can affect a young girl mentally for the rest of her life. By not feeling beautiful, it will affect how a person carries their self on a day to day basis. Walker puts all her emphasis on how she looked; forgetting that she still had other qualities to offer. At night she states in essay that she would pray for beauty instead of sight. Many women let being beautiful consume their lives, which is draining. Women sometime forget that being beautiful consist of having a beautiful personality and spirit. Most times when someone loves your personality and spirit, they will overlook your flaws.
We tend to notice our flaws of greater magnitude than others do. When Walker looked at herself in the mirror all she saw was her scar on her eye not to focusing on the bigger issues at hand, being that she was blind out of that eye. In the essay Walker would ask her mother and sister did she change and they would answer no you didn’t change. People do not notice our flaws first, but how we carry ourselves with these flaws. Walker also states that she would walk with her head down to avoid eye contact with others. Focusing on our...
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