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Essay on “All that Glitters is Not Gold” Complete Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

All that Glitters is Not Gold


Things are not what they seem


Life is something a really strange.  In life we come across several things and persons that are entirely different from what they look life.  Outward shows are generally misleading.  Same is the case with certain experiences of life.  Adversity, for example is painful and ugly. But Shakespeare tells us that even adversity sweet. Adversity, according to him, is like the toad.  It is ugly and poisonous but it wears a precious jewels on its head.  Autumn is a season of death, decay and dullness.  But to Keats, it is a season of mellow fruitfulness and joy.  He says:

                “Where are the songs of springs?

                Ay, where are they?

                Think not of them, thou hast thy music too.”

                Similarly, a happy experience may turn out to be very harmful in the long run while a delicious dish may be poisonous in effect.  In a battle-field, deceptive scenes are too common.  In Israel’s first war against Egypt, the Jewish planes dropped large tin foils in the air at great heights.  The Egyptian radars took them to be fighter planes and this created panic in their ranks. All this shows that appearances are often deceptive.

                Shakespeare wrote the line ‘All that glitters is not gold’ about four hundred year ago.  It is as true today as it was when the great dramatist wrote it.  In fact, it has been true right since the dawn of creation.  Poor Adam, leading a life of joy in the garden of Eden was deceived into eating the forbidden fruit by glittering talk of Satan.  As a result, the poor fellow was thrown out of the garden forever. The glittering golden deer captivated the hart of Sita.  She compelled Lord Rama to go and bring that prized animal to her.  She was carried away to Lanka and the battle of Ramayana had to be fought to bring he back.  Things, it proves, are never what they seem to be.  All that glitters is not gold.

                This world is full of human beings who pose to be men of God, pious and religious.  But in fact, they are rogues and villains.   A man may smile and smile and yet be a villain.  A woman in a shining dress and golden tresses may well turn out to be a flirt.  What happens to be devoted moth? It stand dazzled in the glowing beauty of the lovely flame.  Lost in its outward glitter, it keeps on droning around it blissfully.  It burns its wings in the process and falls down dead.

                Look at the flood of advertisements attacking one’s ears day in and day out.  Shining labels are displayed and tall claims are made.  The poor customer is cheated into buying worthless things and wasting his hard earned money. Appearances are often deceptive.  We should not run after outward beauty.  Real beauty does not lie in the superficial appearance of a thing or a person.  A lovely skin may be hiding a heart full of cruelty within.  A soft, sweet, voice may be hiding a ruthless attitude.  On the contrary, a rough exterior may be having a heart of gold within; a dirty looking stone may be a real gem.  Man should be judged not from his looks but from his actions.  Gold is a shining thing but all shining things are not gold.  All that glitters is not gold.


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  1. Herret says:

    This is lovely

  2. Divya Bharti says:


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