LitTrans 275 EXAM FINAL

LitTrans 275 EXAM FINAL - Being an artist consists of many...

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Being an artist consists of many dilemmas and rewards that all amounts to the question of for what will that artist be remembered? It is no doubt that Andersen continually fought with these same ideas through out his life, but towards the end of his life, these thoughts became even more prevalent in his writings. In his stories, Andersen alluded that the role of the artist is to create true art, whether it be beautiful on the outside or whether speaking the truth even if the truth is ugly, that evokes emotion in the audience. This is represented in the story “ The Nightingale.” The nightingale is not an extraordinary or stunning bird yet the art that it created was absolutely lovely and emotion provoking and that is what Andersen considers true art. When the chief courtier first encountered the bird he said, “I had not imagined it would look like that. It looks so common!” (Haugaard 205). Andersen is demonstrating that the role of the artist consists of only creating true and striking art, and that true art is not always seen or appreciated by all people. The idea that the role of the artist should create art that ignites an emotional response is seen when the nightingale first sang for the emperor. It was so beautiful that it aroused affection within the emperor. This is what an artist works for and what an artist truly wants. “The nightingale’s song was so sweet that tears came into the emperor’s eyes; and when they ran down his cheeks, the little nightingale sang even more beautifully than it had before (Haugaard 206). Andersen is demonstrating that the role of the artist is to help people understand and appreciate real art and to form an emotional bond between the art and the audience. The role of the artist is also that he or she should be able to create art that compels the audience to want to choose art over other aspects of life and to truly appreciate it. In a sense, they should want to choose Dionysian, the god of wine, chaos, freedom, and spontaneity, over Apollonian, the god of the sun, order, and elegance: Dionysian representing art and the life of an artist, where Apollonian represents reality and the life of a full time employee that works to provide for their family. This is shown in the story “The Pixy and the Grocer.” In this story, the pixy lives with the grocer in order to receive food and housing. However, after experiencing the bewilderment of true art, the pixy wants to live with the student for the wonders of art that the student has in his home (Haugaard 425). Although the artist of the art the pixy craved was not present in the story, it was that artist’s role to create art that one would want to choose art over the functionality of the real world, and Andersen shows that artist being successful.
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2012 for the course LITTRANS 275 taught by Professor Allen during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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