Benjamin 's Theory Of The Aura Essay

2636 Words Oct 21st, 2016 11 Pages
In this paper, the author will address Benjamin’s (1993) theory of the aura, relating it to the changes in our technology and perception throughout time. In particular, it focuses on the rise of film and the reproducible image as a pivotal point in our history, so far as the aura is concerned anyway. Thus, this essay will address the key concepts of the aura, bearing in mind that what it entails is complex and extensive, extending beyond the scope of the paper. After that, the author will aim to expound on the function of the aura and how it affects individuals and society at large. Thirdly, it will address the transformation that led to the loss of the aura. And lastly, what happens to the void left by this loss. Although it is outside the author’s ability to critique a scholar like Benjamin (1993), this paper will highlight the author’s thinking and understanding of the academic, interweaving the formation of his theory with questions the author thinks pertinent, and concluding with a re-evaluation of some key aspects of said theory.
Although art has always been reproducible, there is one aspect of it that is not susceptible to duplication. It is impossible to reproduce the originality of the work of art and what it represents. For Benjamin (1993), no matter how close to the original the piece of art may seem, its “unique existence in a particular place” can never be replicated (p.61). This particularity speaks of the object’s singularity as a creation informed by the…

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