The Ideology Of Art Essay

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Azar Nafisi and Maggie Nelson both address the issue of the ideology of art in their respective works, Reading Lolita in Tehran, and “Great to Watch.” Nafisi’s work focuses on whether or not one can use art as an escape to an imaginary world of their own ideologies. Nelson tries to show how art can let everyone have their own thoughts and ideas, without the presence of bias from the media. Ideology is best defined as an interconnected system of ideas, and both Nafisi and Nelson’s works demonstrate that art has many ideas attached to it. Therefore, art is naturally ideological because every unique piece has a multiplicity of meanings, and spreads new ideas into the minds of the observers, creating freedom of thought, cultural ideas, and imaginary realms. Art naturally creates an abundance of interpretations, expressing the ideas of whoever is reading it and creating it, based on their inherent personality and experiences. Nelson shows this when she says, "We abide by cultural directives that urge us, clarify each thought, each experience, so you can cull from them their single, dominant meaning and in the process, become a responsible adult who knows what he or she thinks […] and you are able to swim, lucid and self contained, in that turbulent sea of multiplicity" (Nelson 311). What Nelson means by this is that people’s experiences that they grew up with are the foundation of the ideas they think of when they see a piece of art. These experiences are what transform them…

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