Dr. Gail Noel
English Composition II
1 November 2010
Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, goes to prove that beauty is highly subjective. We all obviously have different tastes. What appears beautiful to one person may seem ugly or not so beautiful to another. It is the person who is looking (the beholder) who has to form his or her own opinion whether a particular person, place or object is beautiful. When I think of this, I automatically think of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. How Belle eventually falls in love with the beast, even though to the viewers he is scary and ugly. Belle loves him anyway and it is truly my favorite love stories. This expression originated in 1588 by John Lyly’s Euphues and his England, "...as neere is Fancie to Beautie, as the pricke to the Rose, as the stalke to the rynde, as the earth to the roote." It has also appeared in a couple other known authors writings such as, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost. “Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean, Needs not the painted flourish of your praise: Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues”. Benjamin Franklin in 1741 wrote “Beauty, like supreme dominion: Is but supported by opinion” in the Poor Richard’s Almanac. David Hume wrote "Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them." in his essays, Moral and Political written in 1742. All of these authors have written something along the lines of "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” until Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who is cited as the author of this expression in Molly Bawns, 1878 (Martin). I believe this expression has lasted so long because of the powerful message it sends. Beauty isn’t only skin deep, it is also the way one perceives you. Beauty is about how you are as a whole; you need to have a good heart in my opinion to be beautiful. As a girl I think this expressing is truly wonderful because girls get...
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