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Simone De Beauvoir goes into great detail on the concept of aging in The Coming of Age Beauvoirs main objective in part one is to explain to her readers how the elders live and what happens inside their minds Beauvoir focuses on the biological aspect of aging and includes the different views of aging throughout various cultures Throughout The Coming of Age Beauvoir has multiple objectives and describes it as old age seen from without or old age seen from the point of view of the outsider In order to understand what Beauvoir means by the outsider the readers must pay close attention to the details Beauvoir provides The point of view from the outsider that Beauvoir describes means how society and citizens view old age The outsider are contains citizens of a community and the society as a whole Beauvoir provides several examples of how the outsiders treat the elders The concept of old age is seen as a big hole that is not independent because it governs one another One of Beauvoirs major points in the first part is in order to understand what it means to be old Beauvoir we have to look at the biological meaning historical time and different cultures To be considered being old varies among ages but Beauvoir states old age at fifty-six years old There is a biological decline in the body as we age because aging brings a decline to the body For example we lose strength we cannot reproduce and eyesight decline The chances of survival decreases and the biological changes can diminish our existence There are also physical changes with aging such as wrinklesetc There are different concepts of the body due to different theories with aging Old age becomes an object of scientific analysis and then leads to the discovery of gerontology Beauvoir explains the scientific differences between supernatural and non-sciences Also identifying the conditions that must be identified for old age and
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