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Framed Inspired by Nighthawks at the Diner by Edward Hopper

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"Framed" - Inspired by "Nighthawks at the Diner" by Edward Hopper Many people talk about characters or historic figures being "immortalised" in painting. How Jesus, the Mona Lisa and Henry VIII will live on for eternity, forever encased in their frames, watching their legacy with suspicion and contempt. This isn't something that we can relate to, as human beings. We are, apparently, the centre of existence. We are here, purely, to be. The outer wall of our being cannot be broken, though we can create inner walls. Inner walls of creativity, such as a world created in writing, through music...or on a canvas. Worlds devoid of life, but full of spirit; worlds without light, but also with colours; worlds which don't exist, yet we can see as clear as the world as the world we live in (however clear that happens to be). The world, as it were. How foolish we are. ...read more.

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Life here is not what it seems. Is it even life at all? I can't be too sure. But can anyone truly know what life is? I believe not, due to that problem of the unbreakable outer wall. So I accept this subtle composition for what it is: the world in which I exist. Though I long for my old life back, dreaming, wanting, needing... That simple life of oblivion I shared with so many. The colours of knowledge are a burden in a land of black and white. No shades of grey exist here. No single dominance, no greater power; no democracy, no equality; no real right, no real wrong. Simply a free-form weave of dreams and thoughts, captured by the narrow perspective of a human being (however heretical they may be). So I joined the ranks of the eternal. This bar is the world. And just like the world I once inhabited, it has no entrance, no exit. ...read more.

Conclusion

Alas, I don't know how. But I do know that I am here to stay, forever, because of this burden of knowledge. Without this knowledge, would I be happy? I suppose I would. But cleverer, more enlightened? Of course not! One cannot be wise and contented at the same time. Knowledge is simply too much to bear. Happy people live in oblivion. But that raises the question: what is better? Blissful ignorance or melancholic cognition? I sure know what I want, and it's not what I wanted back then. I would've killed to know what I know now; but what wouldn't I give to be foolish, to be unknowing, na�ve? But that's the problem. You can't go from enlightenment to stupidity. I suppose that's why I'm stuck here. Encaged in an alternate existence, a reality I was never meant to be part of. A reality which I am forced to embrace as my own, to live in forever as a pawn in the hands of knowledge. A slave to my mind, forever... ?? ?? ?? ?? Word Count: 1000 Alexander Hunt AS Language and Literature Coursework Alexander Hunt ...read more.

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