Adversity is something we will all face. It’ll affect everyone ranging, from myself to characters in a book. Even though going through something so challenging, so painful, and so life changing can be hard, how you chose to handle it affects whether or not you overcome it. Adversity can either break a person or make them stronger; it’s up to their will to fight.
The author shows the reader what she wants them to think, feel, and do with the information through the structure. In the story there is a shift of setting and time. The Flowers begins in a bright morning adventure, but as Myop continues with her adventure, she ends up in a dank part of the woods. This structure is parallel to the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Myop is a pure girl who wanders among the vibrant foliage, “...bouncing this way and that way, vaguely keeping an eye out for snakes” (Walker para. 4). Eve is also tempted by a strange plant, an apple, as is Myop. In The Flowers, Walker wrote that Myop was drawn by blue flowers. Such parallels to the snake and apple symbols of the Genesis story will lead the reader to sense that
Some may confine to societies expectations, rebel, or even enforce them; however, Alice Walker “dances” over the categories that society has believed she should be placed in to find something more meaningful and significant about herself. Alice Walker, known for her numerous awards and 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning work, The Color Purple, is an American novelist, poet, and activist. Her essay, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self, is an autobiographical account of an incident that caused her to go blind in one eye when she was eight years old. Walker’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions, which were cultivated by the standards and pressures of society, are described in her story. While some may overlook its purpose, the metaphor of dance is significant because it represents her individual liberation of societal standards and categorization, which in turn influences readers to consider their oppressors and realize their self-worth.
Adversity has a way of bringing up challenges unexpectedly, most people shrink away from it and get consumed, but when they push through it people come out stronger than they were before.
In Alice Walker's "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self”, her view of beauty changes through different stages of her life. In her childhood Walker has a misunderstanding of beauty. She is concerned with superficial signs of beauty and fails to appreciate her inner beauty. A tragic mishap as a young child leaves her right eye blind and deformed. She enters a period of depression her life, living her life in shame and disappointment because she believes her beauty to be lost. Even getting surgery as an adult doesn’t help defeat her demons. She continues to struggle until she finds her inner beauty through her daughter’s love. As a child, Alice Walker got her definition of beauty from her family, in her teens she turned to her peers to define beauty, her perception finally changed again in adulthood when she discovered an inner beauty.
Merriam-Webster 's Dictionary defines adversity as, "a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune; ex. showing courage in the face of adversity" (Merriam-Webster). Unfortunately, life is not fair. Sometimes, people are faced with serious misfortune and must adapt to survive. And sometimes in this state of adaption, the person will learn new skills from the misfortune and can apply those skills to everyday life. Nathaniel Hawthorn 's The Scarlet Letter is a story that takes place in a harsh, puritanical 17th century society called the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In reality, it was actually Boston,
Everyone knows what it is like to have a day that completely drains them. One comes home after a long, tough day and just wants to collapse at the door. Life is full of adjunct things that complicate day to day things, and more than anything, make life a pain in the neck. These little specks of adversity are like the an ice sculptors chisel and hammer. They can change a person and make them into something amazing, or they can cause them to shatter. Kevin Conroy said that, “Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” Adversity is a part of everyone’s life in some way. How do the books Night by Elie Wiesel and tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom show adversity in the lives
In the beginning of the essay, Walker shares childhood event that help shape her character. She describes how when she was two, she got chosen to go to the fair by her father because of her beauty, “Take me, Daddy, I’m the prettiest” She reveals that she thought people admired and glorified her because “she is the cutest thing”. She felt that everyone “seem to hold their breath” in her presence. “I can tell they admire my dress, but it is my spirt, bordering my sassiness (womanishness), they secretly applaud.” She illistartes that she was also adored because of her personality, which was confident and self-assured until it all changed. “it was great fun being cute. But then, one day, it ended.” After her accident the doctor said “ Eyes are sympathetic, If one is blind, the other will likely become blind too” which “terrified’ her. Although this was a professional opinion, but it never became true physically but symbolically it showed that she was blind that she didn’t see the positive and beauty in life, which she felt people didn’t see that In herself.
Hardships have the power to make a break a person, as Roman poet, Horace, once said, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant”. Everyone has or will have to face adversity at some point in their lives, it is a universal truth. Although misfortunes usually have a negative connotation, depending on the struggle and how one deals with it, it is likely the person will come out of misfortune better prepared for the world. Contrastly, if a person never experienced any hardships, they would lack a sophisticated understanding of the world and lack the ability to handle difficult situations. Adversity gives people strength they can not obtain with success.
A person’s perception of anything is always influenced by their experiences. Alice Walker, the writer of “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self”, is no different in regards to her perception of beauty. Walker uses various stylistic elements throughout her writing to convey her shifting outlook toward her own beauty. She also employs various rhetorical strategies in order to deliver a clear and luring story that keeps the reader engaged as she describes her life as a flashback. Walker uses the accident that happens during her childhood to prove that one’s mindset can be altered because of a profound experience and how her attitude completely transforms from a conceited and arrogant child into a newly reborn woman who sees a new kind of
Overcoming adversity is a process in which a person takes control of a difficult situation and learns from it. Adversity is a great teacher. But how one overcomes it is what counts. Though out the way people learn particular qualities about themselves and others. From this they have time to learn and grow from experiences faced.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”- Helen Keller. As someone who overcame adversity, Helen Keller was an adamant believer in hardships building personal character, Horace’s assumption asserts that adversity brought forth the “elicit” talents that prosperous conditions hindered. As stated by the Roman poet, adversity has a mode of kindling talents from the stupor because adversity forces one to try new perception and provides one with the persistence of bearing hardship.
A grieving widow and mother finds out she has cancer. She worries about her family and who will take care of them. She wonders how she will pay for her medical expenses. Above all else, she wonders how this adversity fits into her life. The word “adversity” has a negative connotation when in many circumstances adversity gives rise to experiences that can change a person’s life and character for the better. The Roman Poet Horace once said “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” His words are proven time and time again through the many challenges that life throws at a person. Different types of challenges, including physical and mental adversity, give way to amazing strength and courage and open the door to new opportunities.
The essay “Beauty of a dancer” by Alice Walker describes a powerful event that happens in her life when she was a chaild that changed her. She is young bright girl who is at the top of her class and is the little spark in her family. She is the beautiful girl and she knows it. One accident changes all that and the way she feels about herself for the majority of her life. Her brother owns a new toy Pellet gun rifle. As they were playing outside she was shot in her eye. The wound left her slightly blind and a noticeable scare on her eye. She no longer felt beautiful because of the scar and how people treated her after. It had a significant effect on her actions. Alice Walker does not see the pretty girl in the