The field of criticism is one that varies from academic to absurd. There are critics in academia who examine data, creative works, and various cultural anomalies to learn a higher truth about the world. There are media critics who judge bodies, faces, and “looks.” While these media critics provide valid insight into the cultural ideals of society, this criticism has not found a place in academia (excepting the arts, where judgement of beauty is based not from the subject, but the form and medium). A third kind of criticism falls in between the two: a form of criticism that, while primarily entertainment, is an academic medium which analyzes the arts in society. Food, book, and film critics analyze creative works that reflect upon society. While these critics offer subjective views of these works through their reviews, some critics also reveal new truths about society.
William Golding uses the theme that humans are naturally bad at heart, in the book Lord of the Flies to highlight that without the order and respect we choose to live our daily lives with our human nature will ultimately take us into chaos and savagery. Morals are what we choose to live by, this is what keeps us accountable. Morals do not appear overnight. Overtime they are ingrained throughout our childhood. Giving us a sense of right and wrong. Humans are not born with the idea of looking out for the welfare of others, we naturally want to satisfy ourselves. Respect and rules are important, in running an orderly society. Many leaders will demand respect, earning respect far succeeds that of demanding, in ruling a society.
All books that young adults read have power. Their power results in their ability to sway and to change the reader in so many ways, not the least of these is morally. These books can create a moral sense in the young by demonstrating what is morally right and what is morally wrong. They can raise and resolve ethical issues. The reader may not agree with each resolution, but is certainly forced to think about issues he or she may never have thought about before (Smith 63).
“Empathy is more useful and more important. It requires more rigor. That rigor will make an artist stronger of heart and spirit.” (Pg-124) “Being outside does not mean being without compassion. But it does mean that you may sometimes become clinical.” An artist should put more heart and empathy in their work to make it better.
These two different yet similar pieces combine to persuade viewers that all scholars should learn about the arts. Although both writers share a strong view point of everyone being educated in the arts and both incorporate strong uses of logos and pathos in their writings, Ungar’s article shows great usage of ethos while Murray’s essay lacks in that element.
There are few instances when a person is influenced by something to the extent of questioning their life. Something that is so powerful that it can create emotion in all of the people who experience it. Artists fight to create this something in order to connect people through it. However, in today’s culture where fads come and go it is often difficult to find such works of art. Cultivated through the things that make us human, great art always finds a way to make an impact. Through art we can experience love, anger, fear and many other emotions. With an understanding of the human condition, artists can create things that contain inspiration for all. Great art can speak to people of different generations with new relevance; it is timeless.
Throughout the film “Tim’s Vermeer”, the audience begins to question what the meaning of art is, often being altered by each viewer's perspective. There are many things that contribute to the meaning of art, many having to do solely on the audience. Art and the meaning are determined by our society and each person's input, what the audience considers art. For example the way that Vermeer's work was in watercolor, work like paintings, sculptures and drawings are typically considered art. Although, when the added knowledge of how Tim, and possible Vermeer’, painting was made comes up the audience begins to question if it should still be art. Because the audience determines what is and is not art, the viewer
This world is full of many uncertainties. Some are pleasant surprises, while others become life-altering tragedies. Kevin Hazzard portrays such beautiful disasters in his book “A Thousand Naked Strangers,” which recalls his unimaginably insane encounters as an EMT and paramedic in Atlanta, Georgia. He witnessed pain and suffering, but also beauty and freedom. He claims that the chaos and unpredictability is what made his job worth doing. Just as Hazzard’s job shows how disaster brings about freedom and beauty, art conveys this relationship in a similar way. Although more well-off individuals have better access to necessary resources, in order to truly create beautiful, revolutionary works of art one must endure some form of suffering.
This text is taken from a lecture that was given by William Morris about the importance of the arts. In this lecture he tries to convince his audience why the arts are beneficial and should be available to not only the wealthy but also ordinary people. He uses personification and imagery in order to make what he is saying more interesting, and also uses inclusive language to appeal to the whole audience.
Most art requires an audience, a fantastic performance but with no audience, does not bring about the message of the performance. The role of an audience is very prominent in the arts scene, be it being a spectator or a participant. However, audiences’ role in arts has significantly changed over the years. Audiences does not want to appreciate art just by viewing, they want to be involve in the process of art creation. Based on an article written by Ben Walmsley, Walmsley (2013) mentions that the trend now is that audience wants to “engage with the arts in a more participatory way”, so as to achieve a more immersive and fulfilling experience (p.1). This rising trend is called the concept of co-creation. Although elusive, Walmsley (2013) defines
Works of art can tell stories and speak to the audience. Analyzing small details leads viewers to dig deeper past the meaning and understand what messages the artist is trying to convey. William Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress (1732) is considered to be narrative art because it tells the story about the progression of a young lady who comes to the city from the country and lands up in the ring of prostitution. This is the first painting in the series of three painting that shows the young girl’s downfall and destruction. This first painting depicts more than a young girl entering prostitution – it showcases and highlights the vulnerable position of women during a time in London where laws and customs were not in their favor.
When it was published, The Picture of Dorian Gray was seen as an immoral book due to the use of the unspeakable and the moral decay it shows. But, taking into account all of Wilde’s arguments to defend the book, one must understand that this book isn’t looking to have a moral impact, but instead to free art from morality and social punishment, making society understand what aestheticism really is. Therefore, this book is neither moral nor
Art is one of the biggest influencers in today’s world. It has the ability to make positive changes in a number of ways. It is a powerful form of expression used all around the world. In Yo-yo Ma’s writing, “Necessary Edges: Art, Empathy, and Education”, Ma discusses the importance of integrating arts in society and education; this differs from Rhys Southan’s writing, “Is Art a Waste of Time”, for it talks about how the “Effective Altruism” movement does not see art as valuable because it does not make major contributions to society. Art is a tool used to communicate with people; this tool positively impacts contemporary culture, for it brings different cultures closer together, changes opinions, and it is useful in education.
This research was carried out not to only show awareness toward the society but also why people should take art seriously. Often times, we can see lots of people debating whether art is important or not. This happened because the lack of exposure and knowledge that has been taught to them.