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On Beauty and Being Just Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Elaine Scarry
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Topics for Discussion

What references does Scarry make to the prevailing academic environment? What is her attitude towards this world?

How does Scarry situate her own argument within the academic theories of her time? Of previous times?

Making reference to Scarry's examples, describe the difference in the beauty of people, gardens, and gods.

Scarry spends a good part of her argument discussing Matisse's use of palm fronds. What is the significance of this symbolism, and how does it play into Scarry's argument?

In several cases, Scarry's tone shifts dramatically from a detached third-person point of view to a more anecdotal tone. How does this support or undermine her argument? Justify your opinion with examples from the book.

Scarry uses several historical references to situate her argument. What periods does she rely on, and why do you think this is?

A large part of Scarry's argument hinges upon the word "fair...

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