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An Except from The Decay of Lying by Oscar Wilde discussion

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An Except from The Decay of Lying by Oscar Wilde A dialogue between Cyril and Vivian Discussion Questions What does he mean when he says the 'wonderful brown fog comes from the impressionalists"? What he means by stating that we get those wonderful brown fogs from impressionalists is that the brown fog that we actually see in reality did not come to exist until the impressionalists based their artwork on it. He argues that regardless of whether this image actually existed previous to the work of art that depicts it, the majority of individuals did not perceive the brown fog in reality because they did not notice it. What the author is trying to say is that all of our surrounding is composed of only the things that we notice. To some extent this deals with the issue of "we only see what we want to see". This is because a society aims for communion between individuals. Therefore every individual will make the intent to connect in one way or another to everyone else. So if an artists paints an element of nature or of a city that no one had ever seen before, people will be begin to see it with the purpose of fitting into social norm. What is questionable in the author's Vivian's theory is not whether it is true that art has that impact on individuals but whether the fog that is painted by these artist in fact exists or if it is a creation of the human imagination striving for a link amongst individuals. ...read more.

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The issue is that when one sees nature alone you interpret all your own mind can, one can observe and one can identify new things many times within nature, one can even appreciate nature every time more. But if one studies art and then nature, our understanding of nature will be increased. This is because after studying or viewing nature not only can we perceive what we did previously but we can perceive what another person does, therefore we know more and we have a wider picture of what is being seen, although nature itself may remain untouched. It may be said that art has more control over nature than nature has over art, but it can not be said that art is superior. This is because the definition of superiority can not be stated as definite under this situation. That is to say that because art has control over a human's perception of nature defines it as superior, when art itself is based on reality that in composed of nature itself. Without nature, much of art would not exist yet without art, nature would still exist. So to some extent they are both controlled by one another. Their existence depends on one another when it comes to the perception of humans hence there is no way to say that one remains superior to the other one. 4) How does life imitate art? Life imitates art because art impacts our society. ...read more.

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In many instances a person cannot find beauty in something because a person does not understand it. It is possible that a person finds the truth of something yet believes it to be horrid, but this is simply because the person does not look beyond the horrid surface and into the core. An example of a person who is capable of seeing beauty in truth regardless of the surface of the truth is W.B Yeats in his poem Easter 1916 where he describes the Irish revolution of 1916 as a "terrible beauty". In his poem, Yeats is capable of defining the atrocities of the revolution as a beauty because he understands beyond the surface of the deaths and violence of the revolution. He understands the motive of the revolution and the ideals, and understands that although the course of the revolution had many horrible events it's essence was beautiful. Therefore to answer the question, neither beauty is not more important than truth nor truth is not more important than beauty but the beauty of truth is most important. This is because beauty by itself has no importance and truth by itself has no importance either. If one can see beauty and truth alone instead of joint, there is no epiphany in this realization, it is a mere observation. But if one is able to see the beauty of truth one can see the essence of life, that brings us closer to the understanding of life which is primordially the our main focus in life. ...read more.

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