Objects & Places from On Beauty and Being Just

Elaine Scarry
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Dante's Beatrice

Scarry mentions this as an example of a beautiful woman who inspired shocking and moving feelings in her beholder.


This person saw a beautiful woman and, at first, was unable to comprehend her beauty until he put it in the context of other beauties he had seen.

Matisse's Palm Fronds

These serve as the basis for Scarry's argument that we can be mistaken in what we find beautiful or ugly.


Scarry writes that when this is badly constructed it only increases our appreciation of beautiful ones.

Assembly Hall

This as a physical manifestation of equality is necessary so that people have something to center their appreciation of justice on.


This is a boat used in Athens. Scarry mentions it to prove that beauty is not only aesthetic but also powerful.


Scarry writes that, in the future, we would wish for humans to...

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