SWMS Midterm 1

SWMS Midterm 1 - Misra 1 Ayesha Misra SWMS 215 Dr. Sherry...

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Misra 1 Ayesha Misra SWMS 215 Dr. Sherry Velasco 12 October 2011 Portrayals v. Reality (Midterm, Prompt 1) Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz ’s sonnet 145 describes how portraits are false representations of who a person really is, interpreting them as just prejudiced portrayals of a being. The poet primarily attacks the way portraits are “guileful deception[s] of one’s sense” as they are not really what they seem, attempting to cover the blemishes in a person’s appearance. Almost immediately after reading this, the reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” came to my mind. I could not help but notice how Sor Juana’s sonnet described exactly what was going on with the women involved in this show. “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” attempts to portray the daily lives of six very rich and influential women in Beverly Hills. These women have it all (or it would appear so)— mansions worth millions of dollars, television appearances, respect and influence in their society, fancy cars, more money than they know what to do with, and most importantly (to them), looks. These so called “good looks” and “beauty” however, are altered versions of what the conventional person might define as “beauty”. In her sonnet, Sor Juana describes how portraits are merely “colored deceptions” that are “useless defense[s] against fate”, indicating that paintings of people do not capture reality. They use color and the tools of art to disguise any blemishes the subject may have, making it appear as though they are perfect. The art attempts to “triumph over old age” and “exonerate the year’s ravaged traces”, making the old look young, as though all those extra years of life went
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Misra 2 inexperienced. Basically, paintings of people do not capture reality and attempt instead to portray what is not actually there, displaying a faulty depiction of what actually exists. People age with
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