Beauty in “The Kite Runner”

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Most people who read the book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini would say that there is more violence than beauty. The beauty found in this novel lies in the kites. The kites that are fought in this novel have glass strings. The object of these kite fights are to cut the other kite’s string and be the last kite standing. The glass strings symbolize the dichotomy between beauty and violence. The string is beautiful all covered in glass. Simultaneously the glass is violent because it breaks down other kites.

Beauty is also shown throughout this novel because the pomegranate tree that Amir and Hassan carve their names into. While they are children the tree bears fruit and holds beauty in its deep red color. Years later, after Hassan is dead the tree no longer bears fruit. Amir’s guilt rises and his memories last but no longer occur, just like how the tree still exists but no longer bears the fruit. The beautiful pomegranate fruit symbolizes Amir and Hassan’s friendship.

The absence of beauty is also very important in this novel. One example of how the absence of beauty is symbolized throughout this novel is Amir’s scar. Amir’s scar although seems to lack beauty in physical traits, holds great meaning to Amir. This scar represents Hassan and Amir’s brotherhood and their adventures as children. Even though Amir tries to forget Hassan the only way he is at peace is when Amir finds out that Hassan is at peace. This scar is the symbol of Amir and Hassan’s friendship.


Songs about Beauty

If you say that you don’t jam out to your favorite song than you are lying. Everybody has their moments when they just sing at the top of their lungs and jam out to their favorite song or artist. Artists and song writers try to make songs that will make you feel good about yourself. Most people love to hear songs that will boost their self esteem. Many popular songs were created to single-handedly make people feel good. Some songs such as “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney, “Who Says”  by Selena Gomez, and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, are all examples of feel good songs.

My personal feel good song is “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift. Whenever I listen to this song I just jam out and forget everything. Such songs have created such impact on all people. Music effects everybody’s mood in positive or negative ways. If the song is a sad song than the person will start to feel sad too.  A good artist can make their listeners feel the same way they are feeling.


Beauty and the Beast

Everybody has a favorite childhood movie that they watched countless times as a child. Mine was “Beauty and the Beast”. This film was created in 1991 and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. This film is based on a french fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. This film is about a selfish prince who is transformed into a hideous beast and a young beautiful woman named Belle. In order for the prince to return to his human form again he must  gain Belle’s love in a certain time frame, or he will remain this hideous beast forever.

This film received many award including a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy. Beauty and the Beast was also the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Original Sound, Best Score and three separate nominations for Best Original Song. This film was also selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Beauty and the Beast was also Disney’s first film to be made into a Broadway musical. This films success also lead to two direct-to-video midquels: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Beauty and the Best: Belle’s Magical World (1998). The television series Sing Me a Story with Belle was also created following this movie.

As you can see, this film was very successful and effected the lives of many young children. The motif of love is present throughout the entire film. Belle falls in love with the prince’s personality and soul even though he is a hideous beast. The prince also learns that looks do not always matter in everything. In the end the Beast and Belle fall in love and the Beast returns to his natural human form. The prince changes completely and turns out to be a better person overall. This film was a great representation of how a person should not be judged by their appearance, but they should be judged on their personality.

This film was also recreated into a modern day film called “Beastly.” This film is about a high schooler who is very wealthy and good looking. He is then cursed by a witch and becomes very ugly. He must find someone to love him, even though he looked so terrifying in a certain amount of time, in order to turn back to the way he looked before. Just like in the original film Beauty and the Beast, the beast in Beastly, finds the love of his life and is returned to the way he was before.

What determines beauty?

Everybody has a different opinion of what a beautiful person looks like to them. Some people like tall skinny people who workout and have a lot of muscle, while others like a small petite person. But the big question is “What makes a person beautiful?”

According to People Magazine Bradley Cooper was the sexiest man alive in 2011. Who votes this? What makes Bradley Cooper better looking than any other man? People Magazine states that Bradley has “ice-blue eyes, mussed hair, lightning-quick wit, and confidence. People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” annual contest promotes judging a person by their appearance. I do not agree with People Magazine that these people should be characterized according to their appearance. Appearance and self-acceptance has been an increasing problem across the nation.

Many people take pride in their appearance. The stereotype of a “beautiful” person has brain washed the minds of many people, forcing them to go to extremes in order to be beautiful. Many men and women will alter their body in harmful ways, such as plastic surgery, in order to achieve “beauty.”  This type of pressure to be beautiful can harm a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Self-confidence can be altered when a person compares their beauty to the beauty of others or celebrities. I believe that a person should never compare their own beauty to the beauty of others. Everybody has their own unique characteristics to them that determine their own beauty. No two people are the same, this means that everybody has their own form of beauty. There is no certain guidelines to determine beauty in a person, everybody possesses it in different forms.

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French Senate Approves Ban on Pageants for Young Girls

Just last month in Paris the French Senate approved a ban on beauty pageants for girls younger than sixteen years old. This new amendment is aimed at increasing gender equality. “It is extremely destructive for a girl between the age of 6 and 12 to hear her mother say that what’s important for her is to be beautiful. We are fighting to say: What counts is what they have in their brains.” Chantal Jouanno, the ban’s champion. Most pageant mother’s complained and said that these pageants made their daughters feel like a princess for the day and they met new friends. Maud Chevalier, who started Graines de Miss in 2001, states that this ban shows how “misinformed people are about beauty pageants.”

I agree with the French Senate’s choice on this ban. Pageants for very young girls has gone to the extreme, making them seem as though they must dress like a doll in order to be considered “beautiful.” Think about putting your own children in this situation, getting them a fake tan, fake nails, high heels, short dresses, fake hair and even fake teeth! Not only does this make your children feel as though they weren’t pretty enough before, but it makes them grow up too fast. As a child, I had always wanted to grow up and look glamorous, wear pretty dresses and do my hair, I did not know at this time that I should just enjoy being young. Anybody under the age of sixteen should not feel the pressure to look nice to impress others. Now that I am older I know why my mother did not let me participate in any pageants, it only builds unhealthy competition. I believe that the French Senate’s choice to ban beauty pageants for young girls was a great decision.

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Beauty and the Brain

Nobody knows for sure what makes people and things beautiful. Professor Semir Zeki, from University College London, found that thoughts of beauty come from the frontal lobe of the brain. The frontal lobe is the pleasure center of the brain. There seem to be certain paths of brain activity associated with viewing something you find beautiful. These paths in the brain differ between cultures. What one person views as beautiful music in one culture may be completely different than what a person in another culture would. It is found that in the “Japanese culture asymmetrical music is preferred, where as in the Western culture symmetrical music is preferred.”

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Have you ever heard a song for the first time and loved it, and then after hearing it another ten times you’re not as found of it? This all makes sense because a person’s brain adapts to sounds and sights. Your brain adapts to the sound of a certain song and doesn’t see it as a great work of art anymore. Or maybe you have a certain song you can listen to on repeat and never get sick of it, this means that your brain doesn’t adapt to this certain sound. This adaptation also directly reflects why a person sees all their own blemishes that other people do not see. A person’s brain adapts to seeing the same image everyday that it will see every small blemish that appears. Other people do not see these blemishes because their brain has not adapted to the other person’s looks. The recognition of beauty is perceived by brain paths and culture. (more…)

Harm in Beauty

I stand on the stage, adrenaline racing through my body, the only thing I am thinking about is winning.  Every second that passes feels like hours, the anticipation is slowly killing me. The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the winner of the Miss New England beauty pageant is announced. At this moment one beautiful girl’s world just built up around her, simultaneously twenty four other beautiful girls’s world just collapsed around them. Twenty four girls, including me, reluctantly trudge off the stage to retrieve their belongings. They shoo away their parents, tell them not to talk to them. The next few days are full of questions for these twenty four girls, “What did I do wrong?”, “Why is that one girl better than I am?” ,”Am I not beautiful?”       beauty pagents

So I set off to prepare , hoping that I will be named “The most beautiful” in the next beauty pageant. After more weeks and thousands of dollars in preparation, all I can do is hope that I will be the most beautiful girl at the next pageant. After another heavy let down, I start to realize that three measly judges do NOT know how beautiful I am. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

The problem with beauty is that not everybody sees it as an internal quality. Everybody is too quick to judge a person’s beauty by only their appearance. When someone is not told they are beautiful, they believe that their personality is not beautiful either. A person can form diseases that can overcome their lives simply because they do not believe that they are beautiful. For example an eating disorder can over take a person’s life if they are exposed to stereotypes of beauty. Not only does media play a large part in making young girls not feel beautiful, but personal experience as well. Famous actresses and models are forced to be unnaturally skinny to make them “beautiful.” This form of beauty is only an illusion. Photoshop and expensive make-up has corrupted the definition of beauty. Beauty lies in the soul.

Beauty Tips


Beauty is taking care of your body. Here are some tips to help you keep your skin looking beautiful and young.beauty_logo-250x305

1. Exfoliate daily with a light exfoliating wash to freshen your face and buff away dead skin cells that cover up your skins natural glow.

2.  Using a deep conditioning treatment once a month will keep dyed hair from fading.

3. Immediately after being in any water, apply moisturizer to the skin. The water washes away all the skin’s natural oils.

4.  To apply bronzer evenly, mix a small amount of bronzer with a moisturizer cream and apply to face as you would regular moisturizer.

5.  To make split ends less noticeable apply a heavy hair repair cream to lock in moisture before and after blow drying or flat ironing your hair.

6.  To avoid greasy hair apply conditioner to the ends of your hair and not directly to the hair’s roots.

7.  Dabbing a small amount of toothpaste onto a zit will quickly dry it up.

8.  Make sure to clean all beauty tools at least once a week to ensure no bacteria growth.

9. Replace old products regularly to keep effectiveness at an all time high and keep bacteria growth down.

10. Simply scrub your foot with a pumice sponge each morning in the shower to keep your feet soft and clean. Once you step out of the shower apply moisturizer to your feet. This will increase the amount of time you can go without a pedicure.

Simple beauty tips like these ten can help you maintain the skin and appearance you long for. Beauty is not only found by using makeup and covering your skin but bringing out your natural beauty. Everybody has natural beauty, these tips only help embrace the beauty.  (more…)






















People mostly think of beauty as a human trait, when in reality beauty can be used in many different contexts. The most popular example of beauty besides a human trait is as (more…)

Etymology of Beauty

early 14c., “physical attractiveness,” also “goodness, courtesy,” from Anglo-French beute, Old French biauté “beauty, seductiveness, beautiful person” (12c., Modern Frenchbeauté), earlier beltet, from Vulgar Latin bellitatem (nominative bellitas) “state of being handsome,” from Latin bellus “pretty, handsome, charming,” in classical Latin used especially of women and children, or ironically or insultingly of men, perhaps from PIE *dw-en-elo-, diminutive of root *deu- “to do, perform, show favor, revere” (see bene-).

Famously defined by Stendhal as la promesse de bonheur “the promise of happiness.” Replaced Old English wlite. Concrete meaning “a beautiful woman” is first recorded late 14c.Beauty sleep “sleep before midnight” is attested by 1850. Beauty spot is from 1650s. Beauty parlor is from 1894.

Beauté du diable (literally “devil’s beauty”) is used as a French phrase in English from 1825.

Beauty is commonly used to describe a person or scene that is pretty, or good looking. A person who is pretty could also be referred to as beautiful. Also many people find great beauty in nature and scenery. An example in literature is “VIRTUE is like a rich stone, best plain set; and surely virtue is best, in a body that is comely, though not of delicate features; and that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect.”(The Essays, By: Sir Francis Bacon)