英语演讲稿:什么是真正的美?What Is Real Beauty?

  whatisrealbeauty?

  yanglingyuan

  本篇是96年湖南省第二届非英语专业大学生英语演讲比赛团体二等奖获奖者之一的演讲辞。其中引用正、反两方面的事例来论述“真正的美不在外表,而在内心”这一观点的方法值得学习与借鉴。

  itishumannaturethatallofusshouldbefondofbeauty.everybodywasbornwithaheartforbeauty.

  todayinchina,withtherisingofourlivingstandard,people'srequirementofbeautyhasbeenheightenedaccordingly.somepeoplesparenomoneyorenergyonbeautifulclothes,fashionablehairstyles,thedecorationoftheirhousesandeventheimprovementoftheirlooks.butitseemstome,all

  thesearemoreorlessconfinedtothebeautyinappearance,orrather,theoutwardbeauty.

  inmyopinion,weshouldn'tonlypayattentiontobeautifulappearanceandneglectthebeautificationofthemindandwhatweareaftershouldbetheperfectunityoftheoutwardbeautyandtheinnerbeauty.asweallknow,sofarasobjectsandanimalsareconcerned,thereisonlybeautifulappearancetobementioned,buttoushumanbeings,althoughtheoutwardbeautyreallymatters,theinnerbeautyismuchmoreimportant.thiswasconfirmedbyafamousrussianwriterinwordsmuchlikethis:"apersonis

  notlovelyforbeingbeautifulbutbeautifulforbeinglovely."

  here,i'dliketoquotetwotypicalinstancesandi'msure,mydearfriends,fromthemyou'llfindoutwhatrealbeautyis.

  recentlyilearnedfromtheradioanunpleasantincidentaboutawellknownsinger.sheisverycharmingwithasweetbeautifulvoiceandveryfamousforsingingthesong."devotionoflove".notlongago,shewasinvitedtozhejiangprovincetogiveperformance.themomentshewastoappearonthestage,shesuddenlyaskedformorereward.worsestill,afterherrequestwassatisfied,shedidn'tbegintosingatonce.instead,shetookhertimetocountallthemoneypiecebypiece.thusshekepttheaudiencewaitingforhalfanhour.sowhensheatlastshowedupandstartedtosing"devotionoflove",amanroseupfromhisseatandshoutedather,"youdon'thaveanydevotionoflove.youarenotqualifiedtosingthissong!"hearingthis,thesingerstoppedsingingandbegantoshoutabuseswithherfingerpointedattheman.atthistimethewholeaudienceburstintoanuproar.

  howdisappointedherkeenlistenerswerewhentheylearnedthis!itisthesingerherselfwhospoiledherbeautifulimageintheeyesofothers.

  now,i'mcomingtoanothertruestory.it'saboutapoor,ordinarylookingoldwoman.shewasawidowwithoutanychildren,livingbarelyfromhandtomouthbypickingoddsandendsfromrubbishheaps.however,shetookinmorethantenhomelessorphanssuccessivelyandmanagedtobringthemup.everydayshelaboredfrommorningtillnight.inordertoearnasmuchmoneyaspossibletoraisethechildrenandtokeeptheminschool,sheevenwenttoahospitalregularlytosellherblood.shegotsoweakforthelossofbloodthatshesometimesfellinafaintonherwayhome.

  whenaskedwhyshechosetoburdenherselfwithsomanychildren,shesmiledandsimplyanswered,"oh,ilovechildrenandiliketohavetheircompany."

  thoughtheoldwomanwaspoormaterially,shewasfullofaffectionandrichinspirit.shewasloveddearlybyherchildren.shewasalsohighlyappreciatedbythelocalgovernment,andtrulyrespectedbypeopleinhercommunity.

  maybeyoucan'thelpwondering,"whatmakesthatordinarywomansoextraordinary?"itisnothingelsebutherinnerbeauty,hertruedevotionoflovewithoutanythoughtofrewarding.whatasharpcontrastthereisbetweenthegreatwomanandtheselfishsinger]

  so,toanswerthequestion"whatisrealbeauty?",ideclaredefinitely,itisthebeautylyinginone'sheartofheartsandembodiedinhisactionsanddeeds,thatis,theinnerheauty!