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Real Beauty

Name: Stella Xie

Courses: Eng101

Professor: Teddy Choros

Date: April 2th, 2012

In today’s society, it is more common to see how people are constantly judged by their physical appearances. Unfortunately, this factor is leading people to have low self-esteem, and hence lose their confidence. For instance, media are frequently shaping people’s mind with unrealistic and unattainable images to make people pursue the dream of the “perfect” beauty. However, it is important to acknowledge that beauty is separated by inner and outer beauty. As mentioned before, outer beauty refers to people’s physical appearance. Yet, inner beauty is defined by people’s qualities, attitudes, values, among others. With this said, inner beauty is much more essential than outer beauty as the outer one is just ephemeral, but the inner one remains. Furthermore, when people’s outer beauty disappears, inner beauty will more likely contribute to build up confidence and reflect who they really are.

With this said, people should pay more attention on their inner beauty instead of the outer one. Inner beauty such like attitude makes physical appearance look different. The elders who lose beautiful faces, shiny hair and well balanced bodies are no longer to be admired as beautiful. The outer beauty disappears on these elders just like a fading rose drops its petals, loses its luster. However, attitude creates opportunities to regain beauty for these elders. Some of them have positive attitude to the life. Even though they are near to the death, they still smile and laugh. They look younger again and the wrinkles on their faces seem to be lovely when they smile. Some of them have peaceful attitude. They just like a history book have their own stories and use peaceful vision to judge the life. These attitudes make these seniors look attractive again, and also they are respected and fascinated by people who always judge beauty by appearance. So inner beauty as attitude changes the outer one, moreover it changes people’s vision to the beauty.

Alice Walker who wrote a non-fiction story about herself Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self was suffered by one blind eye when she was only eight years ago. She said “That night, as I do almost every night, I abuse my eye. I rant and rave at it, in front of the mirror. I plead with it to clear up before morning. I tell it I hate and despise it. I do not pray for sight. I pray for beauty.” (72) She was hurt deeply inside and outside on her scar which covered her eye and endured the strong impact by the difference between past and now. The depressed and negative attitude made her to be anxiety and to hate her eye. She cannot be respected by others because she did not respect herself. She should have positive attitude to fight against people who laughed at her and to require respect from them. Positive attitude encourages people inside spirit and also outlook spirit. Outlook spirit makes people still be beautiful even if there are some scars on the faces. It enhances the sense of identity of a person and leaves strong impression on people. So if Walker changed her attitude to her scar and to her people around her, many situations would change. Attitude decides the fate.

In fact, everyone will be hurt and lose confidence when they lose outer beauty. The significant thing is how to rebuild up confidence again. So inner beauty helps people to stand the pressure from the society and protect themselves from bulling by others. Walker mentioned “Now when I stare at people-a favorite pastime, up to now-they will stare back. Not at the “cute” little girl, but at her scar. For six years I do not stare at anyone, because I do not raise my head.” (72) Because she was still young at that time, she could not have enough confidence to undertake strange visions and messy gossips from people. She hid her confidence in the deepest place of her heart. Then she lost herself. A person once misses confidence; he will lose the sense of existence. With this said, many people still do not have courage to regain confidence because they are afraid to be hurt again and perhaps they will never build up confidence again more if fails. So it is difficult to make decision whether lose confidence to protect self just like a turtle hides into the shell or regain confidence to fight with the diplomas even there have failures.

So the decision is like the gamble. However, if people attempt to regain confidence, they have chances to change the fortune. If not, there have no hopes for the future. Thus, Walker believed “Now that I’ve raised my head I win the boyfriend of my dreams. Now that I’ve raised my head I have plenty of friends. Now that I’ve raised my head classwork comes from my lips faultlessly as Easter speeches did, and I leave high school as valediction, most popular student, and queen, hardly believing my luck.”(73) She was so brave that she raised her head to require confidence by accumulating the time. She never forgave her dreams and tried hard to accept all facts. Beauty explodes out from inside when people recover confidence. Inner beauty builds up confidence to let people have power to chase dreams constantly. Outer beauty can also let people feel confident, but it is temporary and it will disappear when people get older.

Hence, the outer one is just ephemeral, but the inner one remains. People change their appearance when they grow up. However, people’s personalities, attitudes, values cannot be easy to change by growing up. Nowadays, in order to chase outer beauty, some of people sacrifice their faces and their bodies for plastic surgeon. They don’t know the results of side-effect of the surgeon when they get older. They just want to be beautiful forever, but the outer beauty always keeps in a short-term. Even though some people who take plastic surgeons frequently, they lose their lives. They have less inner beauty to believe their natural beauty. So people should have an inner surgeon to treat defects. Because only we have inner beauty constantly, our outer one can be always existed while people get older or disfigure. Inner beauty can burst out power to create a new image of physical appearance.

Therefore, inner beauty is much more essential than outer beauty. Walker realized “Yes indeed, I realized, looking into the mirror. There was a world in my eye. And I saw that it was possible to love: that in fact, for all it had taught me of shame and anger and inner vision, I did love it. Even to see it drifting out of orbit in boredom, or rolling up out of fatigue, not to mention floating back at attention in excitement, deeply suitable to my personality, and even characteristic of me.”(74) She was free from her eye; she did not mind the outer look anymore. She only cared about her family. She owed love just like owed whole world. The power of love makes her inner beauty be stronger. People who have love always can create magic. If people who have only outer beauty but do not have love, they are like Roberts which have perfect faces, bodies but do not have hearts. These kinds of people actually cannot understand what beauty is. Beauty is created from nature and the nature put love inside the beauty.

At last, most of people want to be born with a lovely face and to develop as a handsome boy or a fascinating girl, but actually not everyone can get such luck. Therefore, most of people have to develop their inner beauty. Inner beauty plays an important role for people. It builds up confidence to outer beauty and also inner one like attitude gives outlook spirit to the appearance. Now if there are advertisements to appeal

you to purchase more cosmetic products or beautiful clothes, you can control yourself to buy less because you understand the real beauty is not only depend on the outer beauty, but also the inner one.



Work Cited

Walker, Alice. “Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self

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