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“Beauty, When the Other Dancer Is the Self”

Alice Walker, writer on the “The Color Purple” and also “Beauty, When the Other Dancer Is the Self” was born in Eastonton, Georgia on February 9, 1944 (Walker). When Alice was only eight years old she was shot in the eye, which then led to this story. In this story, Alice Walker used vivid details (imagery) to grab the reader’s attention such as myself. Which just like any story that is important right? This story puts forth automatically that it’s going to be something about “Beauty” and “Perspective” just by looking back at the title of it you can tell right away. To relate back to what I stated above, in the first paragraph, Alice refers back to her childhood and talking about her father, “My father, a fat, funny man with beautiful eyes and a subversive wit…” (Walker). Alice also refers back to past life, talking about her parents, her home life, and her brothers; “I am eight years old and a tomboy” (Walker). The accident that happened to Alice is what led her into writing this whole story. “I feel an incredible blow in my right eye. I look down long enough just in time to see my brother lower his gun. Both brothers rush to my side.” (Walker). This definitely is a vivid detail and giving you a picture of what ytjust happened just by the way she describes things. This accident took a toll on Alice and how people viewed her now. That’s what she was worried about at the time. People didn’t look at Alice the same “That girl’s a little mess” is what people were whispering behind her back. In the end Alice’s daughter’s opinion was the only one that mattered after all. “Mommy, there’s a world in your eyes” (Walkers Daughter); “Mommy, where did you get that world in your eyes?”. Everything at that point changed Alice forever. Her outlook on things, the low self-esteem she had from worrying about what other people thought about her eye, everything. This was very touching because it took Alice that long to

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