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Children are the seeds of humankind and need to flourish through the direction of their parents Therefore we often find that children view the world through inexperienced eyes while adults view it through experienced eyes The way beauty is perceived differs from person to person and a persons perception of beauty can be changed through experience and could end up being what shapes them In Alice Walkers terse story Beauty When The Other Dancer is The Self we are introduced to a character who was brought up in a society that placed beauty higher than everything else This character happens to be Alice Walker herself While growing up Alice Walker was taught that beautiful people received more attention in life because they were widely recognized and cherished The truth of this was proven to her when she lost her beauty Walkers way of thinking took a drastic turn in another direction when she no longer saw herself as beautiful Being used to phrases such as Shes so cute Alice Walker was shaped into a commodity She remembered when she was younger everyone called her beautiful and she totally loved the attention She says It was great fun being cute But then one day it ended Ended indeed but not in the way she thought it did What ended was the way she perceived beauty That one instant when she was shot in the eye with a BB gun changed her life completely and changed the way people saw her She saw that this perception of beauty that was planted in her mind as a child was actually becoming a reality She realized that no one accepted her the way they used to because she lost the beauty she possessed She no longer had a reason to be cherished Walker remembered when she was beautiful she used to say to her father Take me daddy Im the prettiest So at that moment when her father did
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