Torian Vaughn Jr.
22 Sept. 2013
A person’s perception of anything is always influenced by their experiences. Alice Walker, the writer of “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self”, is no different in regards to her perception of beauty. Walker uses various stylistic elements throughout her writing to convey her shifting outlook toward her own beauty. She also employs various rhetorical strategies in order to deliver a clear and luring story that keeps the reader engaged as she describes her life as a flashback. Walker uses the accident that happens during her childhood to prove that one’s mindset can be altered because of a profound experience and how her attitude completely transforms from a conceited and arrogant child into a newly reborn woman who sees a new kind of beauty within her life. She uses different points of her life to develop this very idea in separate comprehensible stages. In Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self this I believe that the writer is trying to explain the drastic event that happened to Alice that would change her and her outlook on life. In my opinion the writer did a great job in explaining everything too. I feel as though they did a great job because they did not go into too much detail to the point where it would make you want to stop listening. The writer explained just the right amount of details so that the reader could still understand everything the writer was talking about.
Walker's piece argues that beauty is triumph over tragedy. Her personal essay takes the reader through a series of events in her life that have a particular focus: how she overcomes a conflict. The culmination of her argument occurs when she realizes there "was a world in my eye. And I saw that it was possible to love it: that in fact for all it had taught me of shame and anger and inner vision I did love it" (Walker). The progression of the events shows the reader how she develops this attitude toward...
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