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Unformatted text preview: The first paragraph ends with a thesis statement. publication(s) as well as Sample Response Paper the name ofthe author(s). The plays reasons to be pretty, by Neil La Bute , and Yellow Face, by David Henry Hwang, both address problems attached to the socially constructed ideas of image and appearance. Both LaBute and Hwang take a unique perspective when analyzing how we view ourselves, as well as how we view others. These plays share an interesting perspective that involves a new twist to our old notions of beauty. Instead of focusing on racism or the tendency to judge h someone's worth based on how attractive they are, both LaBute and Hwang pose an argument for being ethnically ambiguous or regular. La Bute’s reasons to be pretty begins with the fight between Steph and Greg. Greg has made a passing remark about Steph's appearance as being of "regular" attractiveness. It doesn’t help that he was making this comment in the midst of discussing how "hot'' another woman was. Even though there was no malice in his comment, it was apparent to me that it was enough to cause Steph to end the relationship. What stood out to me most about this scenario was Steph’s view of herself. Idon’t believe she was mad at Greg for not thinking she was the most attractive woman in the world, I think she was mad because he said it out loud. Steph knows she isn’t a supermodel. She knows very well there are plenty of women in the world who are more attractive than she is. But on the other hand, she also knows she isn't ugly. Although she is a bit insecure, she never puts herself down. Logically speaking then, she knows she is of regular attractiveness, which just means somewhere in the middle. Steph, then, was miffed at Greg for seeing her as regular in ...
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