vanity - In the poem vanity the speaker felt valueless...

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In the poem vanity, the speaker felt valueless. Dreaming to be somebody which is different from what she supposed to be. She wanted to be a foreigner based on her descriptions about the foreign woman with the bright copper dusts from hair with blue eyes probably an American. Maybe the speaker felt that if and only if she is a foreigner into her native land she would catch many attentions from the other people like in our present days. Or it could be during their time foreigner, specifically American was the ruling power and the Filipino born citizen were deprived by the rights and oppressed in the society. That is why she dreams of being a foreign woman if only she will be reborn. The poem speaks of the commonplace envy Filipinos seem to have when it comes to how foreigners look. It is clear, in today’s society, that the majority of Filipinos wish to be white, blonde and everything foreign. Ironically, foreigners wish to look like Filipinos: dark, with black hair and brown eyes. In our vanity and desire for the beauty of others, we have rejected that beauty which comes naturally to us and those that we envy, envy themselves.
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