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Transcript of Chicken-Hips
By Catherine Pigott
Methods of Development
Literary Device: Personification
Effective as the author sets the theme of the essay
“The women of the household clucked disapprovingly when they saw me.”
“You’re too thin,”
one of them pronounced.
“It’s no good.”
Clearly shows even in other countries, people disapproved of a certain body image, implying that it is very difficult to be satisfied with one’s body due to the constant
pressure from society
to fit their standards of beauty.
visits Africa. The women there thought she was far too skinny and nicknamed her 'Chicken-hips'. She began to put on weight and finally felt comfortable in her own skin. Upon returning home, family and friends suggested that she slim down. Pigott returned to her old self, striving to be skinny to be considered beautiful - though this ideal made less sense to her than it initially did.
-to influence us by teaching new perspectives and raise awareness on the controversial topic of body-image
Tone is effective since it is a personal essay
Easily connects with reader
“My perception of beauty altered as my body did.”
Shares personal experiences
Expresses own thoughts and opinions
Adds emotion to topic
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
It all depends on how you perceive it.
People who are self conscious about their body
Female teenagers in particular
"I wanted to cling to the liberating belief that losing weight had nothing to do with self-love."
Retells her experience in Africa
Through the story she is able to prove her point of unrealistic body ideals and the pressure to change
Compare and Contrast
"I came from a culture in which it is almost
unseemly for a woman to eat too heartily."
Fat is considered desirable in Africa
while food is a sin in her culture
Literary Device: Alliteration
Alliteration was one of the literary devices the author chose to use.
In the sentence
“I began to believe that Africa's image of the perfect female body was far more realistic than the long-legged leanness I had been conditioned to admire.”
The author uses personification in the story to make the sentence more engaging or stronger.
“Fat is desirable. It holds beneficial meanings of abundance, fertility, and health.”
“I was home, where fat is feared and despised.” Here giving it human feelings made it seem like a villain and that it’s a crime.
Difficult to fit in with society
One can never truly be happy with their body if they constantly try to conform to what others want them to look like
Who is affected the most by society's ideal?
What is considered beautiful?
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Where do these ideals come from?
Why do we think we should look a certain way?
How does the ‘ideal’ image differ from culture to culture?
Questions Asked Earlier
Have you ever felt self-conscious about your body type?
Has anyone ever commented on your weight?
Have you ever taken direct action to change your body?
Do you think society's ideal of beauty is unrealistic?