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Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

Created: 02/20/14

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Posted Feb. 20, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

Art plays a large role in the novel. Why do you think art is so important to the plot?


Posted Feb. 23, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lbellg

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

It is the fundamental promise of survival beyond death in the form of portraiture that connects people to their lost loved ones and assures the characters their memory will survive. It stands as a determined statement of creative force and beauty against a backdrop of destruction and ugliness.


Posted Feb. 24, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kathleenr

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The point was very clear that when we are gone art lives on. The people continued to exist and to confront their killers from the portraits on the trees. This novel will stand as testimony against the Russians who invaded and continue to crush Chechnya.


Posted Feb. 25, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kateg

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

I think art really helped to provide a contrast between the sadness and gloom that really permeated the novel. I think that it is something that survives all the atrocities, but I think it also provides humanity to those who are living the awful experience. It was interesting that Akhmed was a lousy doctor, but a brilliant artist and I think that goes to the fact in times of stress and war you need more doctors than artists. How can you support yourself as an artist when art is the last thing people think about when they are in survival mode.


Posted Feb. 25, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Suzanne

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

Kateg's answer seems very logical to me. And I agree with the previous two commentators as well. It seems that the novel standing as a testimony for Chechnya is a good example.


Posted Feb. 27, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

I agree with Kathleen, but I'd also like to mention the mural on the hospital wall - so it's not only that art goes on after <I>we're</I> gone, but when everything else is as well - ensuring a measure of immortality for things and people who are lost. It's also a way of remembering a past that has been lost.


Posted Feb. 28, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
pennyp

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

As others have mentioned, art goes on when we are gone. Art also speaks to the time and place in which it was created. Even in the worst of times, art is created and appreciated.


Posted Mar. 01, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Denise B-K

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

I saw “The Monuments Men” tonight. Share the quote below (one of many that could be in response to this question) from the character Lt. Frank Stokes played by George Clooney.
“You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground, and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements, then it’s as if they never existed. …that’s exactly what we’re fighting for."


Posted Mar. 02, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
joyces

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

I agree with the points the others have made. Art is so frequently a reminder of who we are, who we were, and what is important to us. It is a reminder and a teacher of history and an expression of what the artist feels and it preserves our pasts as well as explains our present by simplifying the world into a single picture.


Posted Mar. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
elizabethg

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RE: Why do you think art is so important to the plot?

Art can be a reflection of life or a world you dream of (and much more); and I think it was important that while everything and almost everyone they knew was destroyed or disappeared, the murals and Akhmed's portraits provided a reality for them, a memory. Also it seems to be a message that even when you have almost nothing (supplies, food, etc.), people will still find a way to express that creative part of themselves. So, in the face of lost humanity this key was still available to them.


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