GRE Essay Topic 234 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Many people know how to attain success, but few know how to make the best use of it."
Success is the achievement of goals that a person sets for himself and strives to fulfill. Success makes a person become rich, famous or achieve a high social position. Therefore, it brings a certain amount of power in the hands of successful since they become recognized and are placed at a posit...
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What is art? Critics and artists have been trying to pinpoint this elusive question fro over many years now. Some believe that art is a beautiful rendition of the realistic world portrayed in a canvas or a song or a novel; while some believe that it is actually the thoughts of the artist that are being elucidated. The topic presented to us today, should any art to have its merits be actually understandable by most people has a very complex outlook. We need to take into consideration various viewpoint from different aspects before we can come to a conclusion.
Let us focus on the prevailing example that comes to our mind whenever we say art, the Mona Lisa. Since the days of Da Vinci, many critics and art aficionados alike have tried to posit their thoughts on the Mona Lisa and what it signifies. The mysterious smile and the beautiful visage has garnered a lot of interest with the critics but has also gained a lot of popularity among the masses. Even though the painting has not been fully understood, still its popularity among people can signify that people don't like to be told what a particular piece of art means, but they need to understand or even just appreciate the art in their own essence.
Another aspect of the argument that we need to take into account are the other pieces of art, namely the more obscure art, the art of poetry. Poems can have various meanings and there is always a sense of ambiguity when we try to understand the gist and the content of the poem. This does not make the art less meritorious but the ambiguity in thought only incites more interest towards understanding the different schools of thought and actually makes the poem wonderfully complex and deep.
On the contrary there are times when this ambiguity does not actually arouse our minds, but actually diminishes the interest we have in the piece of work. Let us take into account a film that is ambiguous in its meaning. The film will might get critically acclaimed for having a wonderful train of thought but it will never appeal to the common houses. The ambiguity will be considered to be a miss in the story line and this would actually suppress the interest the movie initially garnered.
So, all in all, we can say that any piece of art should not be viewed as a black-white rendition, but it should be viewed as various grey area that have come together to create a concrete piece of thought.Read more