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In life people face various obstacles and must somehow tough their way through them In literature authors create characters with problems and lives that can be very difficult at times It is up to the author to decide how the character will turn out in the end In Alice Walkers works the female characters often have hard lives but they always triumph in the end Walker takes her characters on very harsh paths throughout her stories but she always finds a way for them to learn grow and surmount Alice Walker also shows her style in non-fiction pieces based on her life experiences In Beauty When the Other Dancer is The Self she tells the story of her childhood devastation This consisted of her becoming blinded in one eye while playing cowboys and Indians with her brothers She began her essay by telling the audience of her incredible childhood before the accident She shows us that she was happy energetic and worry-free It was great being cute But the one day it ended Beauty 2 This is when she begins to tell her story and we see that she does rise above in the end Alice and her brothers were playing like they always did Alice was standing watch on the top of a roof when she felt an incredible pain in her eye Her brother had shot her Her parents took her to the doctor a week later The doctor was very surprised that she had not been in sooner His reply was Why did you wait so long to come Eyes are sympathetic if one is blind the other will likely become blind too Beauty 2 Walker said that comment terrified her White scar tissue formed and made her look hideous She went from a happy healthy little girl who always stared at people to a girl who never looked up She became very self-conscience and her schoolmates always picked on
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