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Beauty: When the other Dancer is the self Argument

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Larissa Oliveira

on 31 January 2014

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Transcript of Beauty: When the other Dancer is the self Argument

Our insecurities cause us to forget about our inner selves, and make us focus on the external factors.
Major Claim
Minor Claim 2
Your external looks don't always cause you to change. The mind set [the way you acknowledge your appearance] is what causes you to feel as though you've changed.
When the author was fourteen, she got a majority of the “glob” on her eye removed. This glob can represent her insecurities, because after it was removed, she’s “raised my head I win the boyfriend of my dreams. Now that I’ve raised my head I have plenty of friends.” The text states, “Almost immediately I become a different person from the girl who does not raise her head. Or so I think.” To raise something is to lift something, or to increase the amount, level, or strength of something. When the narrator did not raise her head, her strength with handling all of her imperfections decreased. Not raising her head can symbolize her courage diminishing; her being ashamed.
Minor Claim 3
If you don't stress about your imperfections, you'll be at peace with your inner self.
In this text, the author used personification to express the feeling of happiness that surrounded her when she finally accepted the flaws she had been ranting and raving about since the accident that damaged her right eye. A personification is the attribution of human nature or character to animals, inanimate objects, or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure; in this case, the abstract notion being this other part of herself she found, and at last learned to appreciate. This “dancer” is bright-faced and happy, reflecting how the narrator felt. The author states that the dancer is also “beautiful, whole, and free.” To be beautiful is to be pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. To be whole is to be in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece. To be free is to not be under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes. The narrator is beautiful because she was pleased with herself, flaws and all. The narrator is whole because she no longer worries about her flaws. The narrator is free because she is no longer under the control of her insecurities.
Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self Argument

Minor Claim 1
By Edith C., Kimberly E., Damian M., Larissa O., and Ashley D.
Personal aesthetic is recognized when someone accepts themselves, including their flaws.
If you abandon your inner self, you're also abandoning your inner beauty.
“I am in the desert for the first time. I fall totally in love with it. I am so overwhelmed by its beauty, I confront for the first time, consciously, the meaning of the doctor's words years ago: "Eyes are sympathetic. If one is blind, the other will likely become blind too." I realize I have dashed about the world madly, looking at this, looking at that, storing up images against the fading of the light. But I might have missed seeing the desert! The shock of that possibility--and gratitude for over twenty five years of sight--sends me literally to my knees.
"I am in the desert for the first time." A desert is an uninhabited and desolate place. This desert the narrator is in, is herself; the desert is this inner beauty she has abandoned. The author is "overwhelmed" by this beauty, "confront[ing]" it for the first time. To be overwhelmed is to have a strong emotional effect on; to confront is to face up to and deal with. She is able to recognize this beauty. "Eyes are sympathetic. If one is blind, the other will likely become blind too." When something is sympathetic, it is pleasant or agreeable. Since one of the narrator's eyes was injured, and her sight for that eye was no longer available, her other eye agreed on this blindness. To be blind is to be unable to see. What the author was unable to see was the beauty she possessed within. "I realize I have dashed about the world madly, looking at this, looking at that, storing up images against the fading of the light." The narrator has now come to acknowledge that she continued to stress over [look madly upon] these external factors that didn't matter as much as one factor she continued to overlook...
“I am fourteen and baby-sitting for my brother Bill, who lives in Boston. He is my favorite brother and there is a strong bond between us. Understanding my feelings of shame and ugliness he and his wife take me to a local hospital, where the "glob" is removed by a doctor named 0. Henry. There is still a small bluish crater where the scar tissue was, but the ugly white stuff is gone. Almost immediately I become a different person from the girl who does not raise her head. Or so I think. Now that I've raised my head I win the boyfriend of my dreams. Now that I've raised my head I have plenty of friends. Now that I've raised my head classwork comes from my lips as faultlessly as Easter speeches did, and I leave high school as valedictorian, most popular student, and queen, hardly believing my luck. Ironically, the girl who was voted most beautiful in our class (and was) was later shot twice through the chest by a male companion, using a "real" gun, while she was pregnant. But that's another story in itself. Or is it?
‘You did not change,’ they say.”

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As aforementioned, once this glob is removed, her courage increases. Now, she’s able to uphold herself without being ashamed of herself and her future. She recognizes all of the many things that changed in her life after getting the cataract removed. In her eyes, she has now changed. In the eyes of others she has stayed the same because she has also had this success and popularity in her possession. To change is to substitute one thing for another. The author thought that since her external looks altered, her characteristics and overall persona also altered. “You did not change”, is repeated multiple times. The significance of this phrase being repeated demonstrates how the narrator is concerned with the way she thinks about herself, and mainly the way others look upon her. The message this conveys is that although your physical appearance is not the same, it doesn’t usually affect your inner self unless you allow it to. The author was cautious with herself that she endured this internal conflict concerning whether or not her persona has been affected due to her physical appearance.
The way the author thought of herself is what caused her to feel as though she changed since she had two different mindsets from the beginning to the end of the story.
“That night I dream I am dancing to Stevie Wonder's song "Always" (the name of the song is really "As," but I hear it as "Always"). As I dance, whirling and joyous, happier than I've ever been in my life, another bright-faced dancer joins me. We dance and kiss each other and hold each other through the night. The other dancer has obviously come through all right, as I have done. She is beautiful, whole, and free. And she is also me.”
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Once the narrator obtained this inner peace, she was finally content with herself.
For her to be internally happy and whole, she had to learn to love herself for who she was, which she only did at the end of the piece. When she finally learned to love her flaws (specifically her eye) she became the dancer. She says, “[The dancer] is also me,” meaning the dancer represented her. She was bright-faced, beautiful, whole, and free, everything she described the dancer to be. The author’s life got “better”, meaning it became of a more excellent or effective type or quality. When the author finally accepted herself the way she was, she found happiness, hence the joyful dancing in her dream.
"But I might have missed the desert!" To miss is to fail to encounter; the narrator may have failed to encounter her inner self [the desert]. "The shock of that possibility--and gratitude for over twenty five years of sight--sends me literally to my knees." Shock is a sudden or violent disturbance of mind or emotions. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. This sudden disturbance of mind/emotions was caused by the narrator considering that she was not thankful for having another eye [other than the damaged eye] as a source of sight. She realized she was not thankful enough for this other source of sight. She realized she did not return the kindness to HERSELF with the ability to love herself. At last, the author has come to acknowledge that all this lost time in which she was focusing on her damaged eye, there were much greater things she could've obsessed about: learning to love herself.
Once you have accepted yourself, you're able to overcome the thoughts and self-doubt that once taunted you.
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