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LitTrans 275 EXAM FINAL-Edited - Arenson 1 Being an artist...

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Arenson 1 Being an artist brings many dilemmas and rewards , so much so that it begs the question of for what will that artist be remembered ? It is no doubt that Andersen continually fought with these same ideas throughout 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 artist s role of creating true art , whether it is aesthetically beautiful or whether it is showing the bitter truth, is what 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 : 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 is to create art is what ignites an emotional response , as 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 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 the 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 over items of functionality in the real world . Andersen shows that artist being successful .
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