Analysis of A Woman´s Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source by Susan Sontag

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In "A Woman's Beauty: Put-down or Power Source," Susan Sontag portrays how a woman's beauty has been degraded while being called beautiful and how that conceives their true identity as it seems to portray innocence and honesty while hiding the ugliness of the truth. Over the years, women have being classified as the gentler sex and regarded as the fairer gender. Sontag uses narrative structure to express the conventional attitude, which defines beauty as a concept applied today only to women and their outward appearance. She accomplishes this by using the technique of contrast to distinguish the beauty between men and women and establishing a variation in her essay, by using effective language. Sontag introduces her essay to the…show more content…
In other words, women are encouraged to evaluate their body into fragments and compare them to perfection. Men, are given the upper hand and are evaluated as a whole. She manipulates another speaker's (a woman) viewpoint to prove her point, “According to one movie critic (a woman) who is a declared Robert Redford fan, it is having that cluster of skin-colored moles on one cheek that saves Redford from being merely a “pretty face" (214). The author includes this detail to depict the contrast between a woman's and a man's appearance. There is an emphasis on the statement that a woman has to be perfect while a man needs blemish in order to be considered handsome or beautiful. The purpose of this imagery is to convince the audience that beauty does in fact degrade a woman and convinces them to limit their lives to one purpose only; outer beauty. Sontag uses effective language in order to establish variation in her essay. She begins with the observation on the relation between culture and language, and uses logical appeals to evoke her philosophy of beauty. Beauty is power and she demonstrates this yet again by manipulating another speaker's (Cocteau's) perspective that “the privileges of beauty are immense”(215). The author states that beauty is a power that women and men have naturally and as a result, have the power to attract what they want. Sontag also uses the effects of ethos,

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