The Mind's Construction in the Face

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A stroll down main street draws the eye to a multitude of advertisements; North Americans are exposed to approximately 5000 promotions every day. It takes no profound insight to realize from these endorsements that consumer culture derives great pleasure from aesthetic appearances. Hollywood’s interpretations of the ideal human are a constant reminder of the superficial and oftentimes dystopian society of the 21st century. Physical perfection is prized above all else, leaving those who are anything less than flawless to be seen as aberrations. It is the exploitation of the vulnerable - be it through dehumanizing views of physical beauty, the abuse of atypical appearances, or the stereotyping of minorities - that undermines the integrity and equal treatment of all people in Western culture. By utilizing corporal inequalities to victimize his characters, Kurt Vonnegut asserts that the blatant acceptance of these prejudices ends in tragedy both within Cat’s Cradle and in modern society. As the most obvious example, Mona Aamons Monzano is an aesthetically pleasing woman unhappy with her fame; she is seen as an object and is prohibited from making important decisions about her own life. Above all else, Mona is sexualized against her will. In an encyclopaedia entry detailing her life, it is indexed that she is “embarrassed by [her] role as a national erotic symbol” and has tried “to make [her]self ugly in order to stop being [an] erotic symbol” (Vonnegut 120). Evident in her
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