To “….compel men entranced by the sight of distant goals to glance for a moment at the surrounding vision of form and colour, of sunshine and shadows; to make them pause for a look , for a sigh, for a smile…” Do you think this is a noble aim for any kind of artist (novelist, poet, musician, painter)? Discuss in a short paragraph.
Today, society is often so concerned about the future that they find an inability to appreciate the small joys in the world and as a result, miss out on truly living. An artist who strives to “make them pause for a look, for a sigh, for a smile”, in many ways is aiming to bring life to the almost lifeless haze that people live in what “entranced by the sight of distant goals.” These goals, whether they be monetary, material or social prevent society from reflecting upon their emotions and the state of the world around them. Through “form and colour…sunshine and shadows”, an author may create such emotion and reflections about the present that otherwise would be missed in such busy lives that we all strive to keep up with. Due to this, it could be argued that the communication of emotion and the ability to recreate these within the audience is the most vital part of any art form because of the way it gets an audience to stop, feel, and reflect- actions very rarely carried out due to these “distant goals” that we set for ourselves. By communicating the importance of this to the audience, an artist helps them to recognise what matters in the present; the envirnoment and emotions created through this. This pursuit to compel the audience to address the present is therefore a noble andeven admirable aim as it allows the audience to feel and grow within the present which then improves this distant future we are so concerned with.