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Should the Arts be completely free? Discuss this with reference to literature or painting.

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Should the Arts be completely free? Discuss this with reference to literature or painting. (50) The Arts, is known as a form of free expression of one's thoughts and feelings. They have the ability to be original as it is subjected to the choice of the artist and hence this allows for free expression. Despite having the arts to be liberal in nature, it should not be left to complete freedom due to various reasons. The complete freedom privileged to the practice of the Arts might result in the compromising of ethnics and rights, the exploitation of art forms for personal reasons and also the showing of inappropriate content. Thus, I believe that some form of censorship or restriction should be placed on the arts to ensure their ability to be free and also morally accepted in society. The arts should not be completely free because, left to its own devices, artists may contravene basic human rights and ethical notions; in other words, freedom bestowed on the arts may open a pandora's box, unleashing deeds and acts which transgress humanity. ...read more.

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The Arts should not be free because of the potential social turmoil ensuing if artists liberally express themselves. Being a form of human expression, it has the potential to offend certain sections of society. If the Arts are given complete freedom, it is prone to stir controversy by insulting individuals, culture and society. L.H.O.O.Q is one example of this; as it is a vandalized work of Mona Lisa. The primary response to the work was interpreted as an attack on the iconic Mona Lisa, more so traditional art thus promoting Dadaist ideals. Mono Lisa in this context represents traditions and hence by this act of vandalizing, Duchamp hopes to open more avenues for people to accept modern art. The word 'vandalism' suggests a bad connotation to the verb and hence by vandalizing the iconic figure, Mona Lisa caused many heated debates. In the case of Duchamp's, he created a painting named LHOOQ; art was taken as a tool to insult the notions of traditional art forms. ...read more.

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Depriving the arts of any space for creativity is akin to slowly killing the art form. Putting barriers will put down the meaning and they way people view the arts. Arts should also be free if there is to be honest reflection of human identity. The arts act as an expression of human will society at large. We can learn from the arts only if we are entirely honest about who we are and the state of our society. Putting the barricades around the arts prevents us from doing so. Despite the arts having the ability to express one's thoughts freely, the degree of being liberal should be restricted. The arts should be able to both freely express one's thoughts but at the same time morally accepted in society. Restrictions such as censorship would be essential to ensure that the arts is not being misused or provoking to other groups in society. Therefore, I believe that the arts should not be completely free as some restrictions would be needed to ensure that the arts is kept morally accepted in society. ...read more.

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