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The Analysis of “Beauty: When The Other Dancer is The Self”

This summarizes the essay made by Alice Walker titled "Beauty: When the other dancer is the self".

In this essay, Walker narrates in retrospect, with an acquired enlightenment, some of the small events that changed her life. The miscellaneous childhood events that she illustrates are used to emphasize the lesson she learned about life perspective. She recalls how her daughter’s innocent remark changed her outlook on life. Walker uses the story to emphasize the lesson she learned; that even after years of living with a fixed attitude and outlook on life, it could be dramatically transformed by the innocent remark of a child. Walker underscores this theme with the story of how a beautiful child’s world was turned upside down by a miniscule BB pellet. Alice Walker uses this story to present her attitude on how fragile life really is, regardless of age, disposition, and vulnerability.

Walkers right eye is shot out by her brothers BB gun. Her brothers then coerce her not to tell their parents for fear of getting in trouble. Having two brothers, and being on both sides of the conflict, this is an overly familiar situation. Also a familiar situation is not going to the emergency room or doctor until years after an accident. This adds a sentimental and sympathetic element to Walkers essay. Walker also presents a second theme of a beautiful thing resulting from a very unpleasant experience. After the unpleasant years of struggling with a scarred eye and the risk of going blind, it has made her value sight with an appreciation she lacked before. She shows her appreciation in the poetry she writes after seeing the beauty of the desert for the first time. Walker’s second theme is easier to associate with, being a teenager and spending a lot of time wondering when the beautiful result is going to show up.

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2 Responses to “The Analysis of “Beauty: When The Other Dancer is The Self””
  • Sophie
    December 6th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I had to read this for an AP English class, and this helped very much. I just needed why she wrote this excerpt. Thank you for explaining it well.

  • sonia
    December 6th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I had to read this for an AP English class, and this helped very much. I just needed why she wrote this excerpt. Thank you for explaining it well.

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