Relationship between Morrison's and Walkers
The following essay seeks to establish the relationship between Nobel Lecture given by Tony Morrison and the essay Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self-written by Alice Walker. Morrison's speech focuses on the maintenance of language in society, and to argue this point, she uses the characters of a blind woman and two children. On the other hand, Walker focuses on the personal story of transformation that she goes through in three phases, from when she has an eye injury when she is treated, and when she has a child. Through analyzing different themes that are explored in these two essays, one can see the major aspect of accountability for safeguarding oneself or the society from factors that may affect the growth. Therefore, this essay seeks to show how both authors develop and emphasize the same theme in their essays.
Morrison's speech can be separated into parts that focus on the importance of language and the impact of users on its effectiveness. She raises the question of how the use of language affects the social and political influences that are found within society. The bird analogy is used to show the power people have over language. The children question the blind woman to see if she can answer correctly if the bird is alive or not. The woman answers that they have the power of deciding whether it is alive or not because she is not able to see. Through this, the author shows the aspect of people having the power of deciding what to do with language. She also talks about racism, oppressive language, the importance of people understanding one another, and the love for a language that causes heroism (Morrison 217-222).
Walker's essay can be divided into various parts to provide an analysis of what the author considers self-awareness to be and how it influences one in defining beauty. In the essay, one can see that the author's experiences affect her definition of beauty. The author lost the vision in one eye, which made her develop self-pity while growing. She ends up blaming the wounded eye, inflicts pain on herself by constantly abusing it, and points out that beauty is more appealing to her than the eye becoming better. When her eye is fixed through surgery, she finds comfort and her outlook on life changes. When her insecurities concerning her eye cloud her judgment on whether her child would find her awkward, her daughter finds it beautiful, which makes Walker appreciate herself even more (Walker 271-277).
Morrison describes a process of how the blind woman convinces people of the importance of language within society. The woman begins by stating that language is symbolic and its presence and growth within a nation have an impact on how the country will develop and preserve culture, and its absence can lead to the non-existence of the country. She continues by showing the importance of culture for the existence of a nation and its influence on the development of language in a country. However, she is faced with opposition from the two children when they argue that she should not judge the current state of language in society as her generation had a part in molding it into what it is right now.
Walker's essay also follows a process of showing how transformation can change perception. The author begins by narrating how the injured eye changed how she viewed herself and the things that she considered of primary importance. After going through surgery, the state of her eye is improved and she feels beautiful once again. This affects her positively and changes the way she interacts with people and carries herself. However, she develops insecurities despite having reconciled with the fact that her eye is perfect. When her daughter affirms that her eyes are unique, she realizes that she is beautiful once again.
To clearly understand what were some of the causes and effects that led Morrison to speak about the preservation of language, one has to consider some of the illustrations used. Through the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, the author can show that unity in speaking one language can help a nation to grow; however, once it is weak, people will not be able to understand one another, which will fail in a nation. She also talks about how the use of language by people in society may influence their way of living. On the other hand, Walker's experiences indicate the factors that dictated how she carried herself. When her eye was wounded, she concluded that the world would not consider her beautiful anymore. This made her lose her sense of self-worth and avoid social interactions because of her eye. Once her eye is fixed, she becomes confident and engaged in social interactions because she thinks that people consider her beautiful again. Therefore, the causes of her actions and esteem fully relied on conforming to society.
In conclusion, this paper has gone through Morrison's speech and Walker's essay to show the relationship found between them. The theme of accountability has been significantly shown in both of these essays through the stories that have been narrated by the authors. Morrison shows this aspect by focusing on how people in society should be held accountable for how language is used due to the positive or negative impacts that may arise depending on its use. Walker's essay shows how individuals are accountable for their self-esteem and how one should preserve it to avoid feelings of frustration and depression by merely trying to conform to social standards. Through the theme of accountability, the authors can communicate that individuals normally have the power of controlling what affects them in life and the consequences that may follow if they fail to focus on important issues.