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Woman Holding a Balance

22 Jun 2017

Johannes Vermeer’s vivid painting, “Woman Holding a Balance” is an example of how attentive artists utilize the various principles of design. It shows how these different elements harmonize together to compose one visual ensemble. To understand how each operates within this example, they must be dissected individually.

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Freedom in the Dunes

22 Jun 2017

Suna no onna translated as Woman of the Dunes is a novel by Kobo Abe which was adopted into film by Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara. The novel was published in 1962, and the film was released in 1964. Kobo Abe also wrote the screenplay for the film version making him the author of both the screenplay and the novel. The surreal and at times absurd plot of Woman in the Dunes has drawn comparisons with major existentialist works like Jean-Paul Sarte’s No Exit and Samuel Backett’s Happy Days. The film is most well-known for Teshigahara’s direction that brings life to the ever-shifting sand that mirrors the fluidity of the character. The plot is also an intriguing aspect of the film

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A Doll’s House and The Piano Lesson

14 Jun 2017

The two plays, Ibsen’s A Doll House and Wilson’s Piano Lesson are constructed around social realist themes. In fact, the texts deal with two different types of discrimination: discrimination against women in Ibsen’s A Doll House, and discrimination against the African-Americans in Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. The works share a common view on the discriminated categories: both African Americans and women are treated as objects possessed by their masters, either for trade or for mere entertainment and play. Thus, both plays treat of the effects of sexual or racial discrimination and focus on awakening and the regaining of independence.

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Modern & Elizabethan Drama

09 Jun 2017

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a compelling play delving into the psyche of one of literatures most famous protagonists; his insanity, his cruelty, his love all lead the reader into Hamlet’s world and allow the audience to empathize with his actions, be they driven by madness or love for his father. Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Ernest deals with the same issues as Shakespeare’s play, in the mistaking of identity, and the search for the true self through society’s misconceptions (be they forced or subtle). This paper will explore the literary techniques of character development in both of these plays as well as establish a definition of a tragic hero in order for a base comparison to be made between these two works of art.

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What Makes Rock

19 Apr 2017

Rock music is different from other forms of music in its use of multiple sources of inspiration. More than any other type of music, rock music is a hybrid, combining elements from Black blues music, British music, folk music, American gospel music, and country and western music ("Rock Music"). Rock music is also different from the rock and roll music that came before it because rock and roll was meant primarily for dancing, while rock music is often written for listeners and not for dancers ("Rock Music").

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Tragedy

31 Mar 2017

The term tragedy could be literally transmitted to “goat song, which in turn refers to the ritual of Dionysus. We, however, would not focus on the roots of tragedy as defined here; rather we would focus on Aristotle’s concept of tragedy. It was basically from the story of Dionysus, as well as from other sources on which Aristotle’s concept of tragedy was deeply embedded. One of the major features of Aristotle’s description of tragedy is “an imitation of noble and complete action, having the proper magnitude” which basically means that a tragic character is noble person or someone who is great or emits an aura of certain “magnitude” Aristotle, 350 B.C.).

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What is art?

31 Mar 2017

Art is a broad term that encompasses study and expression of whatever we witness and create. It lends itself a subjective taste in contrast to science which looks objective rationale as its basis. Art is creation of what otherwise lies dormant within us. Poetry for instance is an art form for it expresses among many things the feelings of the human soul which can’t be put down in precise ‘scientific’ manner and remains open to interpretation owing to its innate nature. Science may be considered a ‘mind’ thing adhering to certain rules and regulations but art involves a certain involvement of ‘heart’ in it for it to be open to human perception and creation.

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Stonehenge: A landmark for the human spirit and ingenuity

28 Mar 2017

Five thousand years ago, massive stones and lumber were moved, from different locations to one special ritualistic space, in order to form one of the greatest man-made structures in the world, Stonehenge (Jones, 2008). Stonehenge is located on the open downland of Salisbury Plain in Southern England. It is not a solitary structure, and it is made of earth, timber, and stone structures, which were believed to be remodeled over a period of more than 2000 years (Jones, 2008). Stonehenge reveals the tenacity of the human spirit and the ingenuity for an artistic enterprise that demands respect and admiration.

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On Gothic Cathedrals

28 Mar 2017

The word Gothic, when used in context and in describing the type of architecture seen during the late medieval period in Europe, can be pointed to be directly related to some discernable architectural features seen in a cathedral or church. Gothic architecture evolved to be the most known and most common type of architecture seen in European churches and abbeys. In describing Gothic architecture, primarily in churches, one must look for some structures and characteristics present on these types of buildings. 

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What Art Is and How Art Should Contribute To Society?

17 Mar 2017

Undoubtedly, art is a very multifaceted concept, which has many different meanings. Art can be defined as a number of forms (ex. music, poetry, cinema, sculpture and others), which help to express human mind, feelings, vision, imagination, etc. Also, art means applying a person’s talents, skills or abilities in a creative manner to reflect his or her personal apprehension and perception of the reality. Finally, art is an important element of any national culture, which accumulates spiritual and aesthetic values of the nation.

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