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Modern views of Self Esteem

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" and Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" both deal (at least in part) with the idea of self image and self esteem based on physical characteristics and body markings.

Today's American culture has a multitude of views on physical perfection and body modification through piercing and tattooing.

1. I am researching the modern views of self esteem based on physical characteristics.

2. I have to reflect in a paper on how the views presented in either (or both) of these short stories are the same and/or different from the modern views.

3. I have to present five (5) typed, double spaced pages of work for this paper, not including works cited page.

4. I must use quoted material from at least three outside sources and from each story that I refer to in order to support and illustrate my exploration of this. These quotes must of course be properly documented within the text per MLA.

I am looking for information/ideas/suggestions for this topic. Thank you.

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Regarding modern views of self esteem found in Hawthorne's "The Birthmark"and O'Connor's "Good Country People," this solution provides information, ideas and suggestions for this topic.