Appearance

Topics: Solanum, Solanum xanti, Truth Pages: 3 (902 words) Published: March 4, 2013
Brian Duhaime
Assignment 6 Final draft
10-12-11

Appearance: Does it Really Tell the Truth?
We’ve all done it, desired something based solely on its looks only to find out that “All that glitters is not gold.” The age old phrase tells us that first impressions, in many cases, can be deceptive. Wanting something simply for its outward appearance can result in misfortune and disappointment. Be wary of what the eyes want because the appearance of material things, marketing appeal and yes, even people, generally mask what the true reality is.

Many people use the common expression but have no idea where it originates or what it means. Records claim it was the French theologian, Alain de Lille, who said “Do not hold as gold all that shines like gold” in the 12th century. This phrase was changed to read “all that glisters is not gold” and used in William Shakespeare’s literary work The Merchant of Venice written in 1596. Variations have since been used in other writings such as: Tragic Tales by George Tuberville, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and Don Quixote by Cervantes. With the evolution of the English language the quote has been modified to its present form, “All that glitters is not gold.” When we look at the quote we can surmise that, just because something looks and glitters like gold that it actually is gold. More simply put, not everything that is appealing is what it seems to be.

Objects that attract the eye may be mis-leading without knowing the true nature of the item. Something commonly seen, such as the Solanum xanti, or Purple Nightshade flower, is beautiful look at. The vibrant, deep purple and pearl white petals will draw you in. But be warned, this flower is poisonous. It causes painful burns and can be deadly to humans. It is a stunning flower which hides a dangerous secret. In comparison, a gold ring is only a gold ring if it is made entirely of gold; otherwise it is not what it appears to truly...
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