Sheri S. Tepper's Novel, Beauty Essay

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There are many misconceptions about beauty and its importance, in todays society. In a time when physical beauty can be of utter importance, we seem to be at a loss of it. What is beauty and where can it be found? Can we see it in the air we breathe, the brilliant oceans, in the striking sunsets, or even in one another? With the weight of beauty in today's society, the common use of expressions used to describe life's brilliance is expected. The many expressions used to discuss beauty such as "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" and "beauty runs only skin deep" all stimulate different opinions and create controversy, but the most notorious of all, being that "beauty doesn't last forever." Sheri S. Tepper's Beauty reinstates the many…show more content…
The alternate, magical world of Fairy, which Beauty also visits, exemplifies perfection in any given society. This utopia is strategically placed in the novel to stress the lack of such perfection in our world today. There are many reasons to believe that beauty plays a significant role in our current society. From very early on in childhood, parents teach their children that true beauty comes from within, that physical beauty is unimportant. The truth of the matter is that good looks are a vital factor that can give someone an unfair advantage. Nowadays, discrimination against those who are less attractive is far too common and widely practiced. In jobs, for instance, a company may narrow their selection down to two people, both of equal qualifications, and undoubtedly choose the one who is better looking. In his online article entitled "How Important are Good Looks," Jin Taek Lee from Korea realizes that the common understanding in America is that "most people tended to relate the company's image to the employee's image, so to give a good image of their company, they had to choose a good-looking person." In addition to benefiting from jobs, physical beauty can add to the status of one's social fife, which can lead to love, friendships, or even promotions, which means more money in the pocket. Be that as it may, the rise in plastic surgery and

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