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The Gifts Of Imperfection By Esperanza

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To fit into the social standards, tremendous amount of people change themselves. It’s a psychological feeling to want to belong, so altars are made to the appearance and personalities. Why is it that outrageous actions are made, so that an individual can be considered “normal”, by society's beliefs? The natural man seeks acceptance within a community and sometimes by wanting approval, dignity and self actualization of an individual counterfeits who they really are. According to Brené Brown, from the book “The Gifts of Imperfection”, “we often try to acquire [belonging] by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it.” In the world, many people want to feel included so fitting…show more content…
For example, Esperanza and her friends wanted to be recognized, so when they put high heels on they felt great joy about looking like a grown up, exclaiming happily, “Hurray! Today we are Cinderella because our feet fit exactly” (Cisneros 40). Esperanza’s desire to have a sense of belonging impelled her to take drastic actions even though the attention came from greedy and aggressive men. Through yearning for want she could not have, such as money or a new name, Esperanza then identified that she would rather be herself and escape in her own way, instead of being in a manipulative relationship. After experiencing many hardships in her life, Esperanza realized by being true to herself, opportunities are more feasible, conveying, “I have gone away to come back. For the one’s I left behind. For the one’s who cannot [get] out” (110). By going through adversity, Esperanza’s potential broadened because of the talent that she has in writing and her future became palpable. She is able to acknowledge that her capability of writing will help her leave Mango Street and come back to help those that can’t help them-self. The significance of being an original person, helped Esperanza discover her self-worth and create her own path, instead of changing her individuality to have a false sense of fitting in a population.
The communist society in “Anthem” forces Equality to conform, instead of being his creative self, resulting in a realization that one’s identity is what drives a society to
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