There is no doubt that this book won’t be read 100 years from now. The book, “Uglies” By: Scott Westerfled is truly a great novel. This book determines that beauty is not all that proves you as a person. Beauty belongs in everyone, everywhere. In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly.
The argument of The Beauty Myth is that as women have received more eminence, the standard of their personal appearance has also grown. Wolf’s position on the issue is that this type of social control is potentially just as restrictive as the traditional roles of women. The Beauty Myth discusses how society’s viewpoint of beauty is detrimental to women because it causes many emotional and psychological problems to women who strive to become “perfect”. This book is important due to the fact it raises awareness to the issues that many young women are currently facing.
Westerfield perfectly portrays how we, as a society, see beauty. We see beauty as perfection, not a line out of place, and this judgement came about due to our desire for perfection. When picking up any magazine the front page is bound to be altered to show us how we should look. Gone are the days where voluptuous, well rounded women are considered to be goddesses. People in today’s society see models and movie stars starve themselves until they believe they are beautiful and Westerfield plays on this throughout the entire text. Tally sees herself as ugly because she does not notice anything good about her, until she meets David. When anyone compliments Tally she refuses to believe it as the truth, and it is unlikely that she has ever felt attractive in her whole life. Westerfield only describes Tally the way she sees herself and although it is in the third person the reader is given certain knowledge about what goes on through Tally’s mind which the reader does not have for any other character. At the beginning of the text the reader is led to believe that Pretties have the idealistic life; beautiful with not a care in the world but the reader may feel discomfort with how superficial it all seems. Nothing is wrong with the way Tally looks and the reader can presume that she is quite naturally attractive after receiving several compliments from two
There is a cliché quote that people say, “Beauty is in the eye of beholder.” But in the essay “The Ugly Truth About Beauty” (1998) Dave Barry argues about how women who spend countless hours on their so called “beauty” whereas men seem not to care. Barry uses juxtaposition and exaggeration to poke fun at men and women behavior and shed light on the harm that the beauty industry is doing. When Barry argues his point of his essay he addresses both genders, but more specifically teenage to middle age men and women, but he writes about it in a humorous and light-hearted manner.
Have you ever wanted to be perfect? Have you ever wanted a perfect society? Imagine a place where everyone was equally beautiful, and there were no responsibilities or worries. A place where you were given everything you could’ve ever asked for. If you had a place this luxurious, would you still want it? Sometimes we think our lives would be fulfilled if we were smarter, or prettier, or more athletic. It is these times that we neglect to see how great our lives already are. This is the theme of Scott Westerfeld’s novel, Uglies. Like all great writers, Scott Westerfeld supports the theme of his novel with symbolism that is hidden in every character and event.
In this day and age, society has built standards to how citizens should look, talk, wear, behave etc through social media, films, celebrities, friends and family. The youth has now taken place in this and now feel that if they did not meet society's standards, they aren’t beautiful or handsome. Some leaders and motivational speakers are good at telling others to love themselves and to accept how they look. Nevertheless there are still those who need to seek help and those who beat themselves up because of how they are. However is social conformity really the key to happiness? Social conformity is notoriously found in the book Uglies where turning 16 gives you the opportunity to undergo plastic surgery to change your appearance into a “pretty” look. Tally Youngblood is a rare example of a 16 year old girl who hasn’t undergo plastic surgery and was sent to the Smoke, a small town where those who don’t believe in plastic surgery or the society's ambitions go to live like the people of today. However Shay, a friends of Tally’s, is an example of an “ugly” who has a very strong opinion about the surgery, a very negative opinion about it.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. At least, that’s what is taught to believe at an early age. Elline Lipkin, however, holds fast to the understanding that as true as that saying may be, there are outside forces that are intent on readjusting our vision to “true beauty”: the kind that can be bought off the shelves. In her article, “Girls’ Bodies, Girls’ Selves: Body Image, Identity, and Sexuality”, Lipkin employs several different external resources to help demonstrate her belief that young girls’ (“Before they even abandon their teddy bears…“ (Para 2)) definition of their own appearance is polluted and distorted by the vastly massive world that is the American media. Besides pulling from other articles and fact sheets, she also effectively utilizes a clearly logical train of thought, an operative tone, and countless examples of emotional appeal.
Jane has gotten used to cruelty and biased behavior towards her average looks, and develops a miserable self-esteem that believes the only possible way to describe her exterior is “plain”. This self-esteem prevents her from even beginning to recognize that anyone could appreciate her or find her beautiful in any manner. The society’s typical reactions and judgments shaped Jane’s self-esteem, and prevented her from receiving equal treatment as that of a beautiful woman.
Tally had grown up like a normal person in her community, everyone is told that they are ugly and that when they grow up, everything will be perfect because they will be pretty. Tally makes a
Being the outcast means being rejected by society, or a social group. A simple word that means so much can affect so many. Now in school not everyone is accepted in the being in a group of friends, or being part of something they want to do. This may lead them on from thinking why they are being left out, or why they don’t belong. In the novel Uglies, written by Scott Westerfield, talks about how a society from the future resist the urge from anyone feeling left out of how they look. It also promotes peace among its recipients, with the idea that being beautiful trumps all forms of inequality,like race and orientation, because everyone is ugly at one point in their lives, than pretty in another. Tally’s society is controlled in an environment
“‘Im Dr. Cable and this is special circumstances’” (105). Dr. Cable is the mastermind of the pretty operation. She makes the society think they are just getting an operation to be pretty. Really, she is changing more than just the looks. She is programming all pretties to have the same personality. They are unaware they are giving her complete control of the society. ”‘Not long after our discovery, special circumstances paid us a visit, they took our data and told us not to look further or we’d lose our licence, so it was either run away, or forget everything we’d found’” (266).This is why the uglies and pretties live separate from one another and are not allowed to socialize together. They do not want the uglies to notice the real change that happens after the operation. “You don't believe that crap do you, that there's only one way to look, and everyone is programmed to agree on it?” (“Uglies quotes”). Do you think Tally will find this out before she gets the operation, or will it be too late?
Feeling beautiful deals with many factors but it has become incumbent with focus being placed on the physical aspects of person Una Marson writes about beauty and how it drives many women into changing their features and making those features fit into the standard of beauty. Her poem, “Kinky Haired Blues” speaks about that notion, of women wanting to assimilate to what the norm is. Specifically women of ethnic minorities, she talks more about Black Women and the pressure for them to bleach their skin and to iron their hair. Matters such as race are at forefront of the issues in her society and of the society we currently live in today. Una Marson’s poem “Kinky Hair Blues” speaks to the idea of beauty and the standard of beauty. And how many
It 's not a mystery that society 's ideals of beauty have a drastic and frightening effect on women. Popular culture frequently tells society, what is supposed to recognize and accept as beauty, and even though beauty is a concept that differs on all cultures and modifies over time, society continues to set great importance on what beautiful means and the significance of achieving it; consequently, most women aspire to achieve beauty, occasionally without measuring the consequences on their emotional or physical being. Unrealistic beauty standards are causing tremendous damage to society, a growing crisis where popular culture conveys the message that external beauty is the most significant characteristic women can have. The approval of prototypes where women are presented as a beautiful object or the winner of a beauty contest by evaluating mostly their physical attractiveness creates a faulty society, causing numerous negative effects; however, some of the most apparent consequences young and adult women encounter by beauty standards, can manifest as body dissatisfaction, eating disorders that put women’s life in danger, professional disadvantage, and economic difficulty.
Together, we can lower the numbers of people dying from eating disorders and cosmetic surgeries by resisting the beauty ideal. We can choose “to not participate in the beauty rituals, to not support the industries that produce both images and products, and to create other definitions of beauty” (WVFV, pg. 232). The most crucial and easiest solution is to create other definitions of beauty. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide what is beautiful. What if someone decided that the only thing that could contribute to one’s beauty is who someone is on the inside? Wouldn’t our world be a completely different place? Instead of