Arts Essays

Violence In Rap Music
Violence In Rap Music Boom, boom! Boom, boom! The kind of bass that drains batteries and the kind of lyrics that unload clips, these are the sounds that rap music produces. I chose this topic because I am extremely interested in rap music and I want to explore the violent aspect of the industry. I have never had a chance to look at the violent side of it and I plan to find answers to questions I have in my search. Tupac Shakur is one of my favorite artists and when he was shot and kille...

Violins
Violins Violins are bowed stringed instruments. They are the highest pitched member of the violin family. Other members of the violin family include the viola, cello, and double bass. The bow is a narrow, slightly incurved stick of Pernambuco about 75 cm (about 30 in) long, with a band of horsehair stretched from end to end of the bowstick. The violin has four strings tuned a fifth apart, to the notes g, d�, a�, e�. The main parts of the violin are the front, also called the belly...

Visions and Voices
Visions and Voices Visions and Voices The biographical film of Langston Hughes is both informative and entertaining. It approaches Hughes�s life with insightful observations from the people that personally knew him. The film goes into detail on his family background and early life before his poetic success, and continues through his life in Harlem, his literary achievements, and legacy. The film has interesting facts that were unknown to me previous to my viewing. For example, th...

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W.B.Yeats and Leda and the Swan W.B.Yeats and Leda and the Swan Given the odd tales brought to us by Greek mythology, one could very well imagine the stories having been unearthed from some antique tabloid magazine. In the case of Leda, subject of W. B. Yeats' poem "Leda and the Swan," the banner headline may have run as follows: "WOMAN IMPREGNATED BY SWAN, FOUR CHILDREN HATCH FROM EGGS". Kind of brings new meaning to the phrase "love nest," doesn't it? All joking aside, the myth of ...

Wallstreet, movie
Wallstreet, movie "Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works." If any three simple sentences could sum up the 80s, those are probably the ones. The 1980s were an age of illusions, one that was hedonistic in nature and self-loathing in practice. As Haynes Johnson recalls, it was �a society favored with material riches beyond measure and a political system whose freedoms made it the envy of every nation on earth.� Released in 1987, Oliver Stone's Wall Street was made in the height of ...

Walt Disney
Walt Disney Walt Disney, American cartoonist and motion picture producer, has made a big impact on today's animated motion picture industry. His great talent as a cartoonist and producer has inspired many of today's great film-makers. Here is a short summary of the early beginning and career of probably the greatest animator and film writer of all time. Walt Disney, in full Walter Elias Disney, was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 16, he left highschool and later stud...

The two last suppers
The two last suppers Compare Leonardo�s Last Supper with that of Tintoretto. The Last Supper by Leonardo is very different to Tintoretto�s representation of the same incident. The last supper is one of the most important occurrences which took place in the Christian religion such an important event that many have seen the need for the event visually recorded through art the two most famous of these representations are by far Tintoretto�s and Leonardo�s works. The Last Supper by ...

Theatre review Three Tall Women
Theatre review Three Tall Women Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, portrays the life of a woman (A) who overcomes numerous hardships. The entire play is set in the woman's bedroom and the time is the present. The cast of only five, two of which have no lines, perform the play arena style. Upon coming to see this play, I had absolutely no knowledge of the story line or playwright. With the first act, I followed the story easily, understanding the old woman was ninety-two and physically incap...

Themes of Italian Renaissance Art
Themes of Italian Renaissance Art As the fourteenth century ushered out the Middle Ages in Italy, a new period of cultural flowering began, known as the Renaissance. This period in history was famous for its revival of classical themes and the merging of these themes with the Catholic Church. These themes of humanism, naturalism, individualism, classicism, and learning and reason appeared in every aspect of the Italian Renaissance, most particularly in its art. Humani...

Things in The Hitcher
Things in The Hitcher This was one of the first horror films I ever saw, and it still freaks me out everytime I watch it. Rutger Hauer plays a hitchhiking nut who accepts rides from people and gives them something in return: a slow and painful death. The Hitcher's next target is a young man named Jim Hallsey (C Thomas Howell) who pretty much kicks ass. The Hitcher tries his usual methods of scaring the piss out of his victim, but Jim isn't taking any of his shit. They wind up playing a "dead...

Thoughts on Pocahontas the Mov
Thoughts on Pocahontas the Mov After watching the disney movie, Pocahontas, many people have found a large amount of historical inaccuracies in both the setting, and the characters portrayed. An example is: the topographic features of Virginia aren�t at all like the waterfalls and mountains shown in the movie. Other examples include the fact that Pocahontas and John Smith never actually fell in love, that Powhatan never actually intended to kill John Smith, and that Pocahontas was told to ...

Three Sisters
Three Sisters The two men in this play that are radically different are Chebutykin and Andrey. These men are different because their set of mind. Chebutykin is the old doctor that has given up on life because he deems it useless and nothing matters. Andrey is the young husband who thinks too highly of himself and is too self-centered to change his ways. Both ultimately ruin themselves because they are too focused on their way of thinking to realize how they actually fit into the world. ...

Timken Musuem Of Art
Timken Musuem Of Art TIMKEN MUSUEM OF ART The Timken Museum of Art has its roots in the coincidental San Diego Relationship between two sisters, the Misses Anne R. and Amy Putnam, members of the Timken family of the Timken roller bearing treasure, and a local attorney, Walter Ames. The affluent Putnam sisters arrived in San Diego in the early 1900s from Vermont, accompanied by their elderly parents and preceded by a millionaire uncle, Henry Putnam. The two sisters never were...

Todays hip hop
Todays hip hop What is hip hop and is it influnceing listeners to condone violence and drugs. First off to set the record straight, this is the truth nothing outside of this is true and if you agree great if you dont agree thats your bad. But I am tired of people saying "I listen to hip hop", stupid you cant listen to hip hop. Can you listen to the 70s??? NO you can listen to the music of the 70s. That was a period of time, a generation, a culture. Hip Hop is all of these things. ...

Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Treasure of the Sierra Madre - In the movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre, two down and out American ex-patriots in Tampico, Mexico, team up with an old prospector to look for gold. Throughout the movie, these three men are faced with various challenges. They must fight off bandits, try to survive in the wilderness and learn to tolerate and trust each other. The movie opens on the hands of a scraggly looking bum, dirty and scrounging, holding a lottery ticket. This man is later introduced as...

Treatment of Women in Trifles
Treatment of Women in Trifles The Treatment of Women in Trifles "Trifles," a one-act play written by Susan Glaspell, is a cleverly written story about a murder and more importantly, it effectively describes the treatment of women during the early 1900s. In the opening scene, we learn a great deal of information about the people of the play and of their opinions. We know that there are five main characters, three men and two women. The weather outside is frighteningly cold, and yet the ...

Trigger Effect (movie review)
Trigger Effect (movie review) The Trigger Effect Kyle MacLachlan, Elizabeth Shue, and Dermot Mulroney star in this West Coast power-outage thriller. Telephones, broadcast signals, and all things electric flicker out in seven US states, but all 50 states become targets of writer/director David Koepp�s social themes. Koepp, author of scripts for Apartment Zero and Carlito�s Way, asserts several nicely focused messages about our society�s lack of trust in team work and neighbors, as...

True Romance
True Romance Once again, Quentin Tarantino outdoes himself. The movie True Romance was excellent. It presented real issues that some people are forced to deal with in their lives. The title of the movie is misleading. You would think this was going to be a love tory. Actually it is, but unlike any love story I've ever seen. It's filled with violence, action, blood, guts and gore. Like most other Tarantino movies it revolves around the violence we rarely see or experience in our lives. He als...

The Ultimate Revenge from Medea
The Ultimate Revenge from Medea The Ultimate Revenge In ancient Greek times, it is alright if a man wants revenge on another man for hurting him or his loved ones. The man who causes the other man�s misery is partially responsible for the another man�s actions. In the play Medea, Medea kills Kroen�s daughter and her children to get revenge on Jason for leaving her for Kroen�s daughter. Because of the values of the Greek Society and Jason leaving Medea, Medea feels she needs re...

The art of Italy and Northern Europe from 1300 to 1520
The art of Italy and Northern Europe from 1300 to 1520 The Art of Italy and Northern Europe from 1300 to 1520 The years between 1300 to 1520, commonly known as the Renaissance, was an era of extraordinarily advanced achievements made in the art world. Techniques that began to be utilized at this period of time made the artworks surpass those of any other preceding movement. "A word of caution is necessary when speaking of a 'rebirth' of the spirit of antiquity. In Italy, much mor...

The art of the Republican period and the beginning of the Em
The art of the Republican period and the beginning of the Em Sculpture and painting of the Republican period, initially reflected Etruscan influences. As the empire expanded, exposure to other cultures and the art of Greece reflected a more eclectic style. The building of religious buildings and palaces was of importance, but also they began to concentrate on the needs of the whole community, of the ordinary people, for which they developed new building forms, new structural principles and...

The arts and crafts debate
The arts and crafts debate Becker in his essay �The Arts and Crafts� has attempted to resolve and discuss, in some respects, the contradictions that developed during the post war era. He tries to define or perhaps realign the contexts in which these ideas are used by analyzing the relationship between arts and crafts through the evolution or perhaps devolution of craft to art and vice-versa; relying particularly on the example of ceramics in the 1960�s and 70�s. In the chapter ...

The downfall of music today
The downfall of music today The Downfall of Today�s Music The nineties began with the grunge scene, an alternative style of rock and roll that revolutionized rock music today. This music that was once praised by MTV was gradually pushed out to make way for the sound of generic rap beats, watered down heavy metal and sugar coated pop tunes. The pattern of the nineties is nothing new. The seventies and eighties both saw fresh new music that preceded a pour attempt at a new inno...

The effects of Rap on inner cities
The effects of Rap on inner cities Thesis Do you believe that one�s words can reflect on a certain person�s action? Today, Rap has become the most popular type of music in the US. The Rap industry is dominated by artists� who mostly dedicate their lyrics to either violence, drugs, or sex. Through 1998 and 1999 the survey taken by the National Music Bureau, stated that 46% of the listeners of Rap are under the age of 19. While 65% of the listeners, live in run-down homes, or im...

The emotional creativity of ludwig van beethoven
The emotional creativity of ludwig van beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven has been called one of the greatest composers to ever live. His emotionally charged creations of poetry in music are world renown for their ability to spark feeling into the hearts of those listening. It is often wondered what emotional tragedy in Beethoven�s life provoked him to write such awe-inspiring music. Beethoven had many distressing things occur in his life time that could be applied to his music but a major ...