Summary Notes of When the Other Dancer is the Self
“Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self”
This story is about a little girl, Alice who loses the use of her eye, when she is
eight years old, while she is playing with her brothers because of an “accident”.
After, this incident she feels herself change. She becomes very lonely and stays
away from people refusing to look them in the eye. Her view of her eye, changes
the way she interacts with the world.
She becomes shy because of her self-consciousness about her appearance. She
loses her confidence because of the scar in her eye. She thinks people don't want
to be with her or talk to her and reject her, but it isn't true. All of these feelings
are the result of her own thinking. She is bullied, doesn't do well in school, and
feels no one loves her. All she needs is her beauty back:”That night, as I do
almost every night, I abuse my eye. I rant and rave at it, in front of the mirror. I
plead with it to clear up before morning. I tell it I hate and despise it. I do not
pray for sight. I pray for beauty.” The authors self esteem is all based on her
belief in her own beauty, not on her abilities.
When she is fourteen, her big brother and his wife, who understand her feelings
about the “glob” on her eye, “Take me to a local hospital, where the “glob” is
removed by a doctor named 0. Henry.” Alice, believes her brother knows her feelings of, “shame and ugliness,” and wants to help her to believe in herself
again. Once she only has a, “Bluish crater,” she looks up again; she becomes a
different person. She gets h