When Alice Walker was eight years old, she lost sight of one eye when one of her older brothers shot her with a BB gun by accident. In high school, Alice Walker was valedictorian of her class, and that achievement, coupled with a "rehabilitation scholarship" made it possible for her to go to Spelman, a college for black women in Atlanta, Georgia. After spending two years at Spelman, she transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and during her junior year traveled to Africa as an exchange student.
Through her journey of self-discovery, she transforms from a vein and conceited child that is constantly praised and admired for her appearance prior to the accident, to a young woman suddenly overwhelmed by shame and feelings of self-worthlessness that her injury has caused her.
Suddenly, her entire life perspective is negatively altered as she faces harassment, rejection, and multiple life changes.
I rant and rave at it, in front of the mirror. I plead with it to clear up before morning.
I hate and despise it. I do not pray for sight. I pray for beauty. When Walker feels beautiful once again, her outlook on life improves dramatically in almost every aspect; physically, socially, and emotionally. Although beauty can be interpreted differently among various cultures, society holds a universal misconception that standards of beauty must be achieved in order to satisfy both internal and external desires: Walker is eventually able to find peace with her eye and at last discovers her self-worth that was buried by pain, anger, and shame all along.
She explains this moment of true self-acceptance when she recounts a dream that she has. 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.
She is also me. Instead, it is learning to accept who you are, both internally and externally.Alice Walker's essay, "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self," is an account of how the author's life has been affected by a childhood accident that left her disfigured and blind in one eye.
This is an autobiographical story. Alice Walker is no different in regards to her perception of beauty.
“Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is The Self” is an autobiographical story written by Walker that recounts and compares her life before and after her "accident".
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Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self by Alice Walker Words Feb 23rd, 3 Pages Some people look at adversity as a learning experience, while others view adversity as . In Beauty: When the Other Dance is the Self Alice Walker contemplates through memories of her experience, weather she has changed as a result having been shot in the eye.