Through its portrayal of human experience, Welles’ Citizen Kane reinforces the significance of perseverance. To what extent does your interpretation of Citizen Kane support this view? Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane tells the story of a flawed man whose thirst for power and love lead to his lonesome demise. This portrayal of a common human experience has much to teach the audience about the significance or perseverance, or more importantly when to give up as Charles Kane’s stubborn persistence to attain his goals was the thing that caused him to lose them. This can be inferred by an examination of Kane’s goals, his motivation for his goals and then looking at the choices Kane makes to persevere and how they affect his future.
Elizabeth Browning presents an idealistic and an optimistic view towards love and hope through sonnets I, XIV and XLIII. Although composed in two different time frames, both texts have been influenced by personal contexts in their representation of love and hope. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Fitzgerald’s texts both explore the necessity of love in order to accomplish in life, but are hopeful in achieving their respective love but are contrastingly represented. The sole foundations for Elizabeth’s sonnets arise from her ambivalent and evolving attitude towards the patriarchal values of her society and her father’s repressive restraint on love through his extreme conservatism. She however challenges and subverts the dominant patriarchal paradigms and tropes of her society as she searches for the solution to her descent into morbid conviction.
It is presented from both a negative and positive perspective. On one hand, the shaper, a poet, inspires people through his stories “beyond the pointless round of mere existence” (EBSCO 1). Grendel though, does not like the positivism and he identifies with the dragon. The dragon represents the negative side of art; he “holds the universe to be meaningless” (EBSCO 1). Because Grendel is and intelligent being, he is tempted by the art.
In the attempt to capture truth in writing, writers and readers alike are cognisant of the artifice that occurs in the process of writing. This oxymoron; that truth and authenticity can result from artifice is the basis of the conflict that occurs between concepts of reality, truth and literary realism. The nature of fiction itself presents tension between truth and artifice: writers abide by the facets of literary realism, which has a “fidelity to the truth” (M.H. Abrams), and must create artifices to deliver meaning and create truth, utilising techniques of fiction such as metaphor, figures, imagery and dialogue which aren’t necessarily true. In order to create a sense of authenticity, Nam Le abides by verisimilitude in his short stories “Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice” and “Tehran Calling” in his collection The Boat.
Etienne De Leon Professor Prietas R. English III 2/27/2014 The Great Ambition Dream, love, and unreachable- pretty depressing concepts. You see them in life, witness them in action, and notice how many people suffer. They long for love, and their dreams, but to some, such ideas are unreachable. Although, to others it may be more mental thoughts of pessimism, but the rest, they literally can’t reach for their goals. In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, we meet a wealthy mysterious man named Gatsby.
Why do we find art pleasurable according to Aristotle, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud? Explain each position fully. Which position do you agree with most, and why? Why do you find the other positions inadequate? What relation does each thinker believe art has an ultimate reality and what relation might this have to their view of art’s pleasure giving nature.
Explain and Critically Evaluate Hume’s Theory Of the Standard of Taste. David Hume (1711-76) was a Scottish philosopher and historian who is often called “the greatest of all British philosophers” and his main work, the 1757 paper Of the Standard of Taste is considered to be his biggest contribution to aesthetic value and art criticism. Taking influence from philosophers such as the Earl of Shaftesbury and Francis Hutcheson, Hume explores the human notion of “the different valuations we give to different objects” in an era where the status of the judgements concerning aesthetic beauty was a significant problem that he strived to account for. However, although Hume’s ideas are widely accepted, both in his era and in contemporary philosophical circles, some debate has arisen concerning the truth behind his propositions. Nevertheless, Hume’s theory Of the Standard of Taste holds much merit that offers insight into how human beings perceive beauty in art.
Instead of attempting to hide these limitations modernist artists glorified them and made these limits one of the focal points of their work. In doing this the artist does not undermine the medium but expands on it instead, encouraging reinvention and subsequently ‘purifying’ (Greenberg, 1960) it rather than presenting yet another idealized version of reality that disregards it. The specific way in which a piece or work addresses its own unique medium that separates one art form from another - or a work’s ‘medium specificity’ - may be examined in modernist painting where the medium of expression is clear, but problems arise when this consideration is applied to literature. This paper will primarily discuss the way in which two great modernist artists, Pablo Picasso and Ezra Pound, approached their respective media through experimentation will also attempt the question of how medium specificity can be explored in fields other than the visual arts. By nature the medium of painting involves the placement of paint on a flat surface.
Do you agree with Wilde's premise? Does this novel adhere to his statement? I do not agree at all with Oscar Wilde, I think that art has other effects in addition to aesthetics such as feelings that it can give you. I think that Oscar Wilde adhere to his statements in his novel because the hedonism is the main character in it as well as the continuous worship of beauty and youth. What is the relationship between Basil and Dorian from beginning to end?
In this preface he states that “There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” Thusly does Oscar Wilde state his opinion that the only purpose of art is to be beautiful, and leads his readers into the decadent world of Dorian Gray. The belief of the aesthetes of the Victorian Era was that purity of soul could only be achieved through the “wholeness of being” and one’s sense-perception of one’s own being (Terpening; ‘Epicurus and Victorian Aesthetics’). Epicurus, the Greek philosopher who influenced the birth of the aestheticism movement, wrote that “There exists nothing in addiction to the totality.” (Terpening; ‘Epicurus and Victorian Aesthetics’).