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Art Movements Essay Examples

The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism, and the Politics of the Visual

...In conclusion, modernism can imply three similar meanings. First, modernism can mean novelty or innovation. Modernism can also imply modern period based on the association between reality and empiricism of philosophy. Last, modernism can be associated with arts. Modernism is different from postmodernism because it attempted to bring out literary work based on reality though in a fragmented approach, thus creating transcendental meaning. Modernism was stimulated by new larg...

Henri Matisse: “The Window”, France 1916

...I was drawn to this painting because of the bright light coming through the window, which gave it a unique look from all of the other paintings around it. This painting will stand out in a crowd, because of its interesting look of a mix of dark and light colors. Even though the painting is, at first sight, bright and cheery, when you look at it for a while and interpret the meaning it has a lonely look but is still very satisfying to view. Matisse’s desire to reproduce the world accurately in ...

"Wag the Dog" The Movie

...Wag the Dog is a perfect example that should show people that it is possible to trick an entire country by using the idea of classical realism and postmodern/constructive thoughts and apply them to the real world. Public should be an active, thoughtful consumer of news and wag the tail, instead because we became more passive we get waged. Furthermore what movie has shown is that the two main characters a Washington fixer and Hollywood producer fit like hand and glow. This should show us that tha...

William Wordsworth

...William Wordsworth was an outstanding English romantic poet. Even after many hardships, he found a way to be extremely brilliant and write some of the best poems of all times. Wordsworth’s most famous work, The Prelude, is considered by many to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. Devastated by the death of his daughter Dora in 1847, Wordsworth seemingly lost his will to compose poems. William Wordsworth died at Rydal Mount on April 23, 1850, leaving his wife Mary to publish The...

Gwen Harwood Analysis

...Also, the lines of the final stanza, “At your side among the graves I think of death no more,” contain the positional verb, “side,” the funerary reference of “graves,” and the noun, “death,” in conjunction with the negative terms, “no more,” to combine ideas of companionship, spiritual well-being and death. This highlights the religious notion that friendship and other relationships are strengthened by religious faith, and bring about a spiritual peace that prepares one for ...

Imagination vs. Obsession in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

...Finally, the scientist knows he lost touch with reality and needs to ease the load in his mind after creating the monster. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the author shows us how the scientist Victor Frankenstein loses touch with reality at the end of the story, after an imagination that led to his obsession of creating life. After Victor Frankenstein is confident, egocentric, and believes he has supernatural powers to create life, he regrets his creation because he recognizes how he...

The Use of Symbolism within Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

...In conclusion, the use of symbolism is greatly used in The Catcher in the Rye. Holden’s red hunting hat represents Holden’s uniqueness that allows him to be different from the people around him. His image of the catcher in the rye and the cliff symbolizes playful childhood and deathly adulthood and how Holden wants to protect the childhood of younger children. The “fuck you” signs become a symbol that represents the many exposures to adulthood that children are faced with. The gold ring ...

Frankenstein and Blade Runner Comparative Study

...Additionally, the depiction of a tear running down Pri’s face whilst she lies on the sidewalk surrounded by blood combined with sultry, non-diegetic sound and that of a heartbeat, reinforces this questioning of humanity. This is juxtaposed with Deckard’s emotionless features and the monotonous drone of the droid, suggesting that our artificial creations can lead to the dehumanisation of mankind, undermining our humanist framework and hence, cautioning us of the dire consequences of unchecked...

Realism and Romanticism: Similarities and Differences

...Two of the most important aspects of Romantic literature can be found in Goethe’s Faust, as it is about Heinrich Faust, one singular person, and how he and his life are influenced by the supernatural. In Faust, the title character is visited by Mephistopheles and has his life dramatically changed as a consequence of a heavenly wager on his life between Mephisto and God. God describes Faust as confused, but nonetheless one of his followers, when the Devil wagers him that, “You shall lose him ...

Symbolism in The Jade Peony

...Symbolism is used in this story. Such like the wind chimes, the jade peony and the cat. The most significant symbol in this story is the white cat, with its red eyes, that appears outside the house. This “cat” symbolizes that grandma’s time has come, and that she must move on to her next life where she will be reunited with “the juggler”. This cat bring backs memories and old feelings she had for her lover, and is therefore a significant symbol in this story. At the end of the story th...

Drowning Girl, Lovers Comparision

...Artists generally do use many different types of methods and mediums to depict certain messages, evoke certain emotions and engage certain thoughts from the viewer. Despite this artworks often promote different messages, meanings, emotions and thoughts to each individual viewer. These themes, meanings and messages may depend on variables such as the current situation the viewer is in, situations they have been in before and the way they look at life. Different people evoke different emotions at...

"i wandered lonely as a cloud" analysis

...This is a beautiful but simple poem about the beauty of nature and how inspiring it can be. The images that Wordsworth uses to describe the scene are like an artist painting a scene vividly so the reader can see it with his mind's eye. You can clearly visualise the day exactly how Wordsworth must have seen it all those years ago. It was interesting how Wordsworth gave the daffodils an almost human quality in the way they seemed to resemble dancers dancing in unison as if presenting a show. There...

The Differences between Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism

...All of them: realism, modernism, and postmodernism had essential effects on arts, culture, music, and literature. Debates between Realism, Modernism vs. Postmodernism, have always existed between scholars and art lovers. Some of them say that Realism is no more than a dead weight now, while various others believe that Modernism has been long ago taken over Post-Modernism trends. This essay is not the full answer to all the depth of literature directions, to learn more you have to read popular no...

Tintern Abbey

...To be exact, the main focus of Guha and Martinex-Alier is not social inequities in the West but the environmentalists’ general oversight of Western capitalism’s exploitation of the third world, “its enormous dependence on the lands, peoples and resources of other parts of the globe” (18). To envision a better world, the lopsided emphasis on the “protection of pristine, unspoilt nature” as a “reservoir of biological diversity and enormous aesthetic appeal which serves as an ideal (i...

Romantic Revival

...“Oh for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts!” exclaimed Keats in one of his letters. Wordsworth defined poetry, as the spontaneous overflow of ones emotions. There is also an opposition between the static and the dynamic, as found in the classical and romantic works respectively. The classical writer is more likely to be concerned with permanent aspects of things, while the romantic tries to catch transcend aspects or moods. Although, the qualities of both are found in every work of...

Robert Frost as a Modernist Poet

...The poem Home Burial is also based on a modernist theme that is known as self-centeredness. In this poem, the over-wrought wife is merely a foil to her practical husband. Each of their views on life is very diametrically opposite. The wife, who is under the burden of the grief over the death of her first born, cannot forget the fact that her husband was the one who dug the grave of their child, and also buried him there. To the husband, it seems like a normal act that he dug the grave of his own...

"The Devil And Tom Walker" and Romanticism

...I believe “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washinton Irving is a good example of the Romantic literary movement. The characters are almost in their own fantasy world and there is imagery throughout this story. It is very similar to other pieces of literature written during this era. The characters are connected to their emotions, their inner feelings come to light, and there are a lot of examples of nature and symbols. These reasons all support the fact that this is a Romantic piece of writing....

The Concept of Beauty in Different Cultures

...With a swing set, a telescope, and beautiful skies, an element of mysticism emerges in the painting, suggesting that artists from this time period held opposing concepts of beauty in comparison to artists from the Renaissance. Rather than appreciating realistic portrayals in paintings, Romantic artists focused instead on actions and the natural world. Nature plays a very vital role in this painting. Some trees resemble columns of smoke, while others loom over the women with branches like bowed f...

Relationship analysis of the Baroque and Romantic Art Movements

...Friedrich, C. (1818). Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. Retrieved from http://cdn2-d.mindedgeonline.com/460/468px-Caspar_David_Friedrich_032.jpg Mok, K. (2009, February 18). Top 5 Environmental Artists Shaking Up the Art World. Retrieved September 5, 2014, from http://www.treehugger.com/culture/top-5-environmental-artists-shaking-up-the-art-world.html Movements in the Humanities: Baroque & Neoclassicism. (2014). Mindedge Inc. Retrieved from http://wgu.mindedgeonline.com/content.php?cid=21187 Mo...

Structural Realism vs. Classical Realism

...To me I feel that Structural Realism is an improvement upon Classical realism. The reason I say this is because in chapter 4, Mearsheimer really breaks down structural realism in a sense that we look at it in two different ways. We could look at it in the Defensive realist point of view or the offensive realist point of view. No matter which way we want to look at Structural realism, we cannot just have a major concern for power and who has it. Structural realism expands classical realism in the...

Swaddling Clothes

...Symbolism is a much-used and effectively-used tool in “Swaddling Clothes”. Through his portrayal of his characters and the setting, Yukio Mishima illustrates the bleak future that he feels Japan will face, due to the increased ‘westernization’ of the country. The symbols that he uses throughout the story help to show the readers that he feels Japan is losing its honour due to the increasing influence of our culture. The symbols in the story and the altogether theme of the story give us, ...

Newspaper article

...Cross thinks that because he was so obsessed with his fantasy of Martha and the life they might lead after the war, he was negligent. He sees Ted Lavender’s death as the result of his negligence. If “The Things They Carried” is the illustration of the conflict between love and war, then the death of Ted Lavender and the subsequent disillusionment of Lieutenant Cross signify a triumph for war in this conflict. The emotional burdens that the soldiers bear are intensified by their young age ...

19th Century American Literature

...Edgar Alan Poe also writes in the Dark Romantic genre, he had a great dislike for the transcendentalists calling them, “Frogpondians”, after a pond on Boston Commons, he ridiculed their writings and his piece, Never Bet the Devil in You Head, was a clear attack on the movement. Poe, who is sometimes considered a gothic writer, uses ideas such as dementia and paranoia in his works. Supernatural behaviors of characters and personification grace the pages of many of his best tales. Many of Poe...

The History of Drama

..."brought new levels of realism that had previously not been found on the contemporary English stage" (Sanders 254). John Masefield's The Tragedy of Nan "gave an imaginative, even a poetic quality, to a drama of rustic realism by combining rhythms and imagery" (Kerensky 55). Many individual based playwrights of today are reproducing their own versions of famous Shakespearean and Elizabethan plays and adapting them to the environment of today. Drama shall be a practiced form of art, as well as ent...

Dubliners:How is it related to Modernism?

...In conclusion, it could be emphasized that frequently, a novel has no real beginning, since it plunges us into a flowing stream of experience with which we gradually familiarize ourselves by a process of inference and association, while its' ending is usually open or ambiguous, leaving the reader in doubt as to the characters' final destiny. What modernists and James Joyce, in particular aimed at is not just to present a common, easily understood story, but to make the readers understand the gen...

The Pearl-John Steinbeck

...As his greed intensifies, he becomes so obsessed with selling the pearl that he ultimately loses everything, his canoe, his original way of life and eventually his son. The realism and irony of all of Kino's losses illustrates the damaging and profound impact of greed. The doctor and his treatment of the native community also motivate the themes of greed and oppression of the indigenous. In the parable, the doctor, even as wealthy as he is, refuses to help Coyotito because Kino could not pay him...

Analize a Conflict in "Rip Van Winkle"

...During the Romantic Period of American Literature it was believed that imagination is greater than logic and that imagination is the greater solution to finding truth and beauty, what most authors valued. Romantic writers also believed that cities led to corruption; therefore nature is a safe place to become more spiritual. This is why Rip Van Winkle schemes into the forest with his dog to escape the attack of his wife. Sleeping for 20 years is where the "imagination is greater than logic" part ...

"Lines Written in Early Spring" Analysis

...Wordsworth also describes nature as a being rather than a thing when he writes: "If this belief from heaven be sent, If such be Nature's holy plan" (Stanza 6, Lines 21-22). In this verse he describes nature as having the ability to plan. This poem also reflects on Wordsworth appreciation and love for nature, as he sees it as a force rather than just a thing. This poem is a good representation of its time period because it gives insight into how many people neglected nature, and furthermore, give...

Romanticism in "The Scarlet Letter"

...The sense of innocence and purity established through the symbolism of nature, is furthered Though the use of original emotion and imagination. Though out the Scarlet Letter, characters are either involved in mindless Puritan Worship and "reasoning" or original emotion and imagination. Thought the novel Hawthorne uses the plot and various context clues to show us what he thinks of Puritan values and lack of original thought. The characters, must choose a path, following and accepting Puritanism...

Use of magic realism within Tim Winton's "Cloudstreet"

...If it were not for the skilful mixture of reality and the unexplainable, Cloudstreet would no longer be a magic realist novel. The way Winton has imposed magical elements into an ordinary suburban world, where they are accepted, demonstrates his belief that we are becoming so caught up in materialism and the growth of technology that we no longer celebrate the ordinary and have become too skeptical to consider events out of the mainstream. We can see his beliefs through the conventions of magic ...

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

...Using the imagination can help reshape reality. (Pg. 724)Shelley used his Imagination to transmit what truth and beauty was to him and expressed in terms of the sublime. He concludes to this invisible visitor: Whom, SPIRIT fair, they spells did bind/ To fear himself, and love all human kind. He illustrated the characteristics of imagination, nature, mystery and the supernatural in his ode, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, found in a Romantic poem making his ode a good example of a Romantic poem. (Pg...

William Wordsworth's portrayal of Nature

...Wordsworth's poems," Three years she grew in sun and shower" and "Resolution and Independence" show that the characters he most admired lived their lives in the midst of nature. The poem "Three years she grew...." Is about a young girl, Lucy, who is taken away by Nature. In the poem, Nature says that she will make Lucy a lady exactly like herself. She says that Lucy will be a part of Nature and will be manifested in all its aspects. In the poem, "Resolution and Independence", Wordsworth has an e...

A critical appreciation of Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale"

...With the use of the word "forlorn ", the poet is transported back into the world of reality. The phrase "the fancy cannot cheat so well/ as she is famed to do, deceiving elf" shows that the power of perception and imagination stimulated by the bird has cheated him and that it cannot take him away from the world that he is a part of. The same music, which instigated him to take his own life, now brings him back to the realm of reality. The song gradually fades out and is now "buried deep /In the ...

Of Mice And Men: Symbolism

...Teh rabbits in the story symbolize Lenny's innocent side. They also are a positive enery in the story. When the setting was described in the beginning, the rabbit appeared showing that they are a positive energy. "Rabbits comout of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening".(p.1)Also the rabbits are a symbol of Lenny's innocent side, because the rabbits do not mean to harm anyone but only are there to comfort Lenny's caring side. The rabbits were also in Lenny's dream of teh farm. All he want...

Use of Imagery in Oliver Parker's Othello

...Colour and lighting imagery also symbolize the issues of the play. Before Othello begins to go mad, he generally wears black clothing. When he is about to kill Desdemona, he is wearing a white cape. This is imagery symbolizes a "death shroud." Lighting is also used in the scene where Othello kills Desdemona. When Othello is walking down the hallway to Desdemona's bedroom, he is standing in the shadows, blowing out the candles along the way. This symbolizes his transition from: light to darkness...

Critical Lens Essay on Rime of the Ancient Mariner

...In conclusion, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is a romantic poem because passion, not reason, ruled, and imagination was more important than logic. Coleridge was able to use his imagination to generate dazzling sentences filled with imagery, supernatural beings, and all of which included writing that was elusive as a replacement for the logical and mathematical wording. Due to the use of imagery, Coleridge expressed a message in creative and vivid detail. By using nature, Coleridge was able to te...

Mr. William Bryant And His Romantic Antics

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Sense and Sensibility: Neo-classicism vs Romanticism

...Sense and Sensibility was used by Jane Austin to delineate her social culture of which her life consisted of. She uses both her protagonists, Marianne and Elinor, to effectively describe the balance that must be present in order to benefit from the virtuous attributes of both philosophies. By glorifying Elinor as the heroine of the novel, a character who is majority Neo- Classic, the reader can see which philosophy Jane Austin considers more suitable. However, though Marianne's reformation by th...


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❓ How to Read Literature Like a Professor Chapter Analysis

...In chapter 26 the author states that even though we went through the entire book learning about all of these new symbolic meanings in literature, sometimes irony will come and mess things all up. He says something that helps me remember: "irony trump ...

❓ What was the romantic movement?

...The result of pre-French Revolution society was Primitivism - belief that man was born inherently good but became evil through the influence of society. This went against the traditional teachings of the Church, who claimed that man was inherently ev ...

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