Autobiography of a Face
Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face is narrated by Lucy herself. She faces rejection and the challenge of accepting how her face looks after having many painful surgeries. Later on, after experiencing all her surgeries, Lucy’s attitude about it progressed. Lucy deals with all the negative comments and grows from them.
Throughout her childhood, Lucy had to face with children staring at her differently. Although she says “I was vain and proud when it came to wanting to be different from everyone else”(25), she loved being special. It was very hard for her to accept the way she looked after having all those surgeries and also having cancer. While being in the hospital, Lucy discovered that some of the children were better off staying at the hospital then being at home. Grealy states “Some of the other visiting parents…felt sorry for my lack of visitors..(38)”. Lucy didn’t really have that much support then she had wanted because her mom didn’t like driving to the city and her dad worked late. After having part of her jaw removed, Lucy says “Before the operation I hadn’t had a strong sense of what I looked like anyway(62)”. It is very hard for Lucy to remember how she looks because she has had so many surgeries.
Lucy’s parents weren’t the traditional parents that Lucy thought they were supposed to be. Grealy says “Seeing my parents act so much like…parents…surprised me(35)”. It’s sad because she’s used to seeing her mom sad and having family drama so she tries not to believe that her family is normal. She had the support from the people from the hospital to cheer her up and keep her company. Lucy was in chemo and she had to wear wigs because her hair was falling out. She says “I had to look at myself in the mirror. As each wig was put on and adjusted..(109)”. It was hard for Lucy to look at herself and be content with what appears in the mirror because she was not yet comfortable with herself. The chemotherapy became...