John Locke Coat Of Arms Analysis

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The coat of arms is a way to create and display both the characteristics and importance of a character through the use of symbolism and artistic ability. Much like how personal essays are used to convey some sort of message about oneself, the coat of arms is used as a visual aid to serve the same purpose. The components of the coat of arms are used to represent the most important and influential pieces of a philosopher from the enlightenment, John Locke. In the center of the display, John Locke’s name is written. John Locke is the largest exhibited pieces of writing in the artwork to show that Locke is the most important as well as a key component of the project. Just underneath his name is a quote that Locke is commonly recognized for; “Life, Liberty, and Property.” The short yet heavy quote had influenced many philosophers and political leaders, including Thomas Jefferson, who had quoted Locke’s words close to verbatim in the United States Declaration of Independence. During 1680’s John Locke along with his patron, Anthony Ashley Cooper, had gone into exile while England was under the rule of King Charles III. Both influential men in England at the time…show more content…
Alongside these pieces of writing is ink and a quill to represent what he may have used to write with. The Two Treatises of Government greatly influenced future politics and politicians, including the aforementioned, Thomas Jefferson, along with Adam Smith and Karl Marx with his theory of property. As well as the Two Treatises, the Thoughts Concerning Education led to further influence people such as Mary Wollstonecraft, who came to be a key figure in the movement for women’s rights and education, while the Essay Concerning Human Understanding was one of his first works when returning back to
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