What It Means to Be Human: Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida

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What it Means to be Human: Into the World There Same a Soul Called Ida In Ivan Albright's painting, Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida, the frailties and susceptibility of human beings is represented. He uses symbols to show death and corrosion. Albright uses a women's vanity in order to demonstrate that life's pleasures are fleeting and that death is inescapable. He shows the high value for an individual's need of self-importance through three main objects in the painting: the woman Ida, the mirror she is holding, and the dresser which serves as her vanity. The certainty of becoming old and eventually facing death is shown primarily in Ida. Albright depicts her as an older woman seeking desperately to once again look …show more content…
The dresser that serves as Ida's vanity is covered in many of these objects. A burning cigarette on the back side of the table is shown and is slowing burning out. There is a vase filled with flowers that are beginning to wilt and die. Along with these items are crumpled dollar bills and other representations such as the comb with hair in it that have fallen out from combing her hair. These items are all things with a short term life span. They will not last forever, each will eventually waste away. Ivan Albright made use of the minutest detail to reveal this theme. In conclusion, Ivan Albright uses his painting, Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida, to show the weaknesses and vulnerability that humans possess. Albright uses even the smallest factors to portray his take on what it means to be human. He sees that humans will all age and eventually pass on. A woman's vanity is the symbol that Ivan has chosen to use to show that worldly thing will not last forever. Beauty is short-lived and dieing is unavoidable. Ivan Albright took three main objects in his painting to represent this: the woman Ida, the mirror she is holding, and the dresser which serves as her

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