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Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street Project

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Kelly Heimann

on 30 October 2013

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Transcript of Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street Project

Thesis:
In Kaufman's short story "Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street," Vita transforms from a girl longing to know and feel true beauty like her role in the play to a girl who does feel beautiful in her own way by realizing that others see her beauty.
"I begin to recite Helen's wrongs- beauty, pride, the abdication of Sparta- careful to enunciate clearly. 'Troy, I have come to ask you to forgive me."'
"Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street" Project
By: Kelly Heimann

This painting connects to the story because the different masks reflect how upset and worried she was about the idea of beauty and the things she didn't like in her life at the beginning of the story (like her mom's boyfriend) and how happy and proud she felt at the end of the story when she realized that she was beautiful in her own way.
Vita uses diction such as envy and beauty to develop the tone of reflective by showing what she is feeling through her character's dialogue in the play.
"Do not envy me such beauty-it has wrought only pain and despair."
Vita uses diction such as wrongs and pride to develop the tone of passionate and prideful by showing her newly realized feelings through her play lines.
Wrongs
This word supports the tone of passionate and prideful because she is realizing that she was wrong about herself and her beauty. It shows that she has changed her views on Helen because she comes right out and says that Helen had these wrongs.This word helps show the connection between her and Helen by how these things (beauty and pride) got in the way of Helen and now they were getting in the way of Vita.The fact that she used this word shows that she acknowledges that fact that these are wrongs and truly believes (passion) that they aren't always the best things.
Envy
Even though these words were part of her play lines, she said them and they applied to her. The word envy and how she used it supports the tone of reflective because it shows how Vita has changed and how she now agrees with this statement since she once was envious of the character Helen for her beauty and strength and the girl Helen who had the part before her. She is looking back (reflecting) on how she was once envious.
Beauty
This word supports the tone reflective because the play line that I quoted applies to Vita's change and how she now agrees with this statement. When Vita says this, it confirms that she changed because at the beginning of the story she envied Helen's beauty. Now that she changed, she agrees with this statement. When Vita says this, it sets a reflective tone because the play line applies to Vita and Helen in different ways.
Pride
This word supports the tone of passionate and prideful because now that she recognizes her wrongs, she sees that she truly is beautiful in her own way. It shows that she now feels a sense of pride in herself and has a better self-esteem.
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"Drama Masks" by John Keaton
"Autumn Rhythm" by Jackson Polluck
This painting connects to the story because all of the different colors represent Vita's wishes and things on her mind. All of these thoughts jumble up together in her brain just like the colors and lines jumble in the painting.
Throughout the story, Vita had wanted a lot of things. One in particular was the role of Helen of Troy because this character was strong and beautiful. Further into the story, she realizes that she doesn't need to be Helen in order to be beautiful, she is already beautiful in her mom's eyes and now her own. This change was important because she became more confident in herself which boosted her self-esteem.
Conclusion
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