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Essay 2 Dominique and Her Determination for Identity Dominique is a compelling essay that takes the clichs the clothes dont make the man you cant judge a book by its cover and you only get one chance to make a first impression to a new perspective Lisa Hay author of Dominique recognizes a young girls struggle to create a life for herself by dressing and acting out different roles By doing this Dominique is living up to the clichs that people--- usually--- try so hard to avoid The initial role Dominique introduces us to is that of a stripper Dominique in baby-blue spiked heels and lavender fabric wrapped around her like a ribbon gets a two-handed hoist from another dancer Its intriguing that her clothes are described with such detail Dominiques provocative dance move is almost nothing compared to her outfit This is a powerful example of Dominique dressing the part in order to create a sense of identity and lifestyle for herself She would hardly be a successful dancer if she were dressed in overalls However this is a struggle for Dominique Shes young alone and scared Granted you would hardly believe this about her after the description you were just provided but again appearances can be deceiving In paragraph five of the essay the reader is introduced to a different Dominique She has just returned to the club to announce that she has recently been married However this newly married Dominique has an entirely different costume on Her makeup is lighter when she comes back Her lipstick is frosted pink instead of blood red She sits on her stool with a straight back These contrasts between the old and new Dominique represent her inner struggle to fit the role in which she finds herself A new mother would hardly find it proper to wear blood red lipstick or sit slouched over in her chair There are expectations
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