Essay About the Beauty in the American Beauty

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Fake Beauty The price of beauty is more than what is thought. Alan Ball’s American Beauty shows characters that are miserable because they are hiding their emotions and pretending to be happy. Dave Barry’s “The Ugly Truth about Beauty” tells how society focuses too much on appearance. These problems are caused by being false, keeping secrets and society’s superficiality. Both the film and article shows that there is so much beauty in this world, but people sometimes fail to look beyond appearances and see what really matters. Angela Hayes the perfect American girl has an intense fear of being ordinary both physically and mentally. In the film Angela says “I don’t think that there’s anything worse than being ordinary” (Ball). Angela hides this fear by inventing numerous sexual encounters to prove both to herself and to others that she is incredibly attractive to men. “I’m serious. He just pulled down his pant and yanked it out. You know, like, Say hello to Mr. Happy…of course I did. He’s like a really well known photographer. He shoots for Elle on like a regular basis. It would have been majorly stupid of me to turn him down” (Ball). Angela also uses her best friend Jane Burnham as a tool to feel better for herself. When Ricky is confronting Angela “She’s not your friend. She’s somebody you use to feel better about yourself” (Ball). Barry would surely say Angela lacks self-esteem, and that she has a belief of being Barbie-like: Why do women have such low self-esteem? There are many complex and societal reasons, by which I mean Barbie. Girls grow up playing with a doll proportioned such that, if it were human, it would be seven feet tall and weigh 81 pounds, of which 53 pounds would be bosoms. This is a difficult standard to live up to… (Barry) Well it is safe to assume that Angela has a perfectionism complex. The fear of being seen as ordinary has drifted Angela
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