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artifacts? [You looked at these ideas in learning block 3-3.] VI. Pose questions you have after thinking deeply about this artifact. What more do you want to know regarding: a. The relationship between human culture and expression b. Your personal assumptions about artifacts of this sort and why they exist c. How your values have shaped and are shaped by your expression and that of others d. The relationship between the possible intent of the creator and your own interpretation of its meaning [You learned about this in learning block 3-4.] Why is the Statue of Liberty so important to the world today? Why did the French choose a statue to gift to the American? Do immigrants still view the statue as a symbol of freedom and a better life? Why isn't Bartholdi's original idea spoken about in school? How did they know that what the Statue meant to them, (friendship, unity) it would mean to the U.S? Would we think differently about America if Bartholdi went with his original idea? Did Bartholdi think it would be this important, more than a century later? Would it make sense for America to even have a statue of an Egyptian peasant? Would the world view the statue as a symbol of freedom? What would Emma Lazarus view the statue as, if it were different? Would she still have written the same poem? If Emma Lazarus did not write “The New Colossus,” would the statue still have gained the symbol of freedom? Is there a universal idea of what a woman stands for? Why a woman and not a man? VII. Speculate on how you would go about answering these questions For instance, what sorts of things would you study about these kinds of artifacts and their contexts that might begin addressing these questions? In order to find out the answer to these many questions, I would have to study Bartholdi's life, look into his role during the war or in society, his beliefs, what he studied and what he enjoyed doing. I need to know more about Emma Lazarus and her reasoning for involving the torch in her poem, what did the statue mean to her? Also, I would have to know about the American's relationship with Egypt, to understand what it would have meant to us if Bartholdi would've went through with his original idea. Studying women in society would also give me an idea of why he chose to build a woman and not a man. .

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