Glauce stared upon herself with a bold appreciation. Every glance she took served as a reminder to her worth and beauty in the eyes of others. Her viewing lens, a piece of polished bronze, failed to satisfy the exacting image she desired. Dull, blurred and distorted, the slab of metal couldn’t reflect her true form. Glauce met the mirror’s deficiency with minor distain each and every day. It did not reflect all her efforts towards personal beauty, and she could never fully view the fruits of her labor. She dug deep into the confines of her mirror trying to scavenge every last detail of her physical beauty. Like a planet in orbit, Glauce drifted but always revolved around the mirror. It tugged on her every day, nurturing her thirst for aesthetic …show more content…
Its crisp cut rectangular edges made it difficult to carry but all the more alluring. Each edge dug deep into the cusps of her fingers and the immense weight of it proved burdensome. Drained and fatigued Glauce then started dragging the box down the hallway. It screeched a high pitch frequency, grinding against the floor viciously. Glauce did not mind as she was too distracted with the mirror like qualities of the box. She could view herself more clearly in the bright bronze than she could in her own mirror. She couldn’t quite get a strong grip on the box, and resorted to pushing it. As she neared closer to her room, her palms began to sweat and slipped against the crate. She started to push with her feet but needed a break from the strain. She circled back to her room and reclaimed her spot in front of the mirror. Drenched with sweat, Glauce didn’t realize how much effort she exerted. Her nail was chipped and her feet were sore after the ordeal. The tiring toil of pushing the box down the hall finally became apparent to her, and she decided to stop trying to move the box. She lost all interest and stared at herself contently in the mirror. To her shock, one of the servants entered her room carrying the container with one hand. The young girl retrieved it after seeing it laying in the middle of the hall. She held it as if it was almost weightless. The cumbersome load Glauce struggled so intensively just to move an inch weighed no …show more content…
The box sounded a sharp click as the hatch opened. Glauce lifted steadily until reaching a heavy wrapping inside. A canvas rag encircle in coarse brown twine encircled the contents of the box. Glauce pried away at the knot trying to break past the almost fortress like barriers in the container. Eventually breaking the knot and canvas loose Glauce slowly revealed a nearly blinding entity. She pulled the ornamented crown from the box with slight hesitancy. The seemed to have an energy exuding from its unnatural shine. Even its jewels sparkled actively incessantly. She slowly bestowed the crown upon her head using the mirror as her guide. It sat snug on her head, fitting her perfectly. Glauce reveled in the beauty of the crown. While staring deeply into her reflection, she began to smell something peculiarly rotten. She scoured around her room and tried to find the source. The odor was repugnant and offensive, and it smelt of rotten food or a dead rat. The smell gradually intensified, following Glauce wherever she went. It seared her nostril and made her tear, but she still could not find the source. Passing by the mirror, Glauce spotted out of the corner of her eye a small blemish. Taking priority over the smell, Glauce made her way back to the mirror. Making her way over, she wondered where the benign mark could have come from. She eventually lost interest and proceeded with the task. Staring deep into
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Laurie Halse Anderson’s realistic fiction book Speak depicts the life of Melinda Sordino, a 9th grader who called the police at a party after being raped and is now a social outcast. The pain from the memories of being raped keep her silent as she struggles through a powerful depression and the problems that go with being in high school. Anderson uses mirrors as a motif throughout the story to portray the stages of depression Melinda goes through. At the start of the story Melinda leads a very depressed hidden life; Anderson uses the mirror to represent this.
This shows how inner beauty and outer beauty can coexist at the same time if we do not lose our
Her color skin was like porcelain. Her eyes, framed by long lashes, were a bright, emerald-green and seemed to brighten the world. A straight nose, full lips - she seemed the picture of perfection. Had she smiled, the world would sigh with contentment. Had she laughed,
In the story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates Connie's mother was very jealous of her looks. Her 15-year-old daughter knew she was beautiful, and she loved her looks. Always looks at herself in mirrors and admires her looks. Her mother was always shaming her for it. Saying that she doesn't have to look at herself that much.
In all societies, many women struggle with how they view themselves when they look in the mirror. In both of the poems, “What the Mirror Said” by Lucille Clifton and “Mirrors” by KHL, the message speaks to women and how they perceive themselves when they look in the mirror. Each poem uses figurative language, a distinct word choice, and sound to support their message, but the poems do have some differences. The poems, “What the Mirror Said” by Lucille Clifton and “Mirrors” by KHL both focus on how women view themselves, which is supported through the use of figurative language and word choice while they each speak to the same audience in different ways.
“Something rolled across the grass and hit my leg. It was the stone with sparkles he had found that day when he jumped off the train. ‘The crown jewel from the train car princess,’ I whispered, Smiling. He nodded with a laugh. I picked it up to roll back to him.
Section I — Of Vanity and Reflection In Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Allegory of Prudence, the viewer is presented with a young woman who gazes at a mirror. The painting conveys a moment of prolonged reflection and self-evaluation that encourages the viewer to pause, if only briefly, and utilize a moment of reflection in art to turn the viewing inward upon the self. Prudence’s moment of prolonged reflection is created by line, compounded by the color and lighting of the painting, and reinforced by the interactions of shape that emphasizes focus on the mirror. The painting utilizes the interaction of line, color, and scale to display the subject’s moment of reflection, but also to question the fine line between self-reflection and vanity.
Melinda started to remove or cover any mirror she could. “The first thing to go is the mirror. It is screwed to the wall, so I cover it with a poster of Maya Angelou that the librarian gave me.” (50). Melinda was too disgusted to face herself.
Through the short story, she shows the message that If a person doesn’t see their true value they may constantly try to change themselves. It is shown through the literary elements of Imagery, Simile, and Verbal Irony. “Our skin was diagnosed by the department of beauty as ‘shallow’ we definitely needed some strong foundation to tone down that olive”[pg.39] Alaverse’s use of imagery is spread throughout the story, she uses this tone most when she is describing how much distaste she had for herself, or how she needed to change herself to be like the models seen on the television, magazines or her classmates. Throughout the story, she has an internal urge to be something she’s not. “We complained about how short we were, about how our hair frizzed and how our figures didn’t curve like those on T.V” [pg.39]
Claudia recognizes that if we conform to the Western standard of beauty, we may gain beauty but only at the expense of others. However, Claudia learns to love Shirley Temple; Claudia “learned much later to worship her” (Morrison, page 16) This suggests that the idea of beauty is something that is learned and not natural or
It has nineteen stanzas, but the poet does not focus on her imagine. He describes the scenery, Sir Lancelot, the ‘shadows’ that the Lady sees I her mirror, but all we learn about the lady is that she had a secluded life, that no one had seen her face, only the reapers heard her singing. She is described as being a ghost. She could not have contact with the external world and all the parts she sees of the world are through her mirror. Here, the poet shows the isolation and how the society principles effuse over her.