Art Allows Me to Leave Reality Essay

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Good art allows me to flee the realms of reality. In my mind's limitless consciousness, I can escape the mundanity of everyday life. It opens a door in my head to a world only limited by my imagination. I am no more a slave to gravity, chained down on the earth when I am reading. I can be a bird and soar high above the clouds, or be a fish and swim deep down in the darkest depths of the ocean. I am there, I am that person, and everything else around me regardless of what it is, fades away. Sometimes these people are the one's I'd like to be but sometimes I encounter nefarious characters I wholly condemn. I am able to feel the emotions that the artist intends for me to feel. However, it is not merely reading or listening, but understanding and considering everything I can about a work of art – which I find enjoyable.
I recently concluded reading, 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck. His earthy and rapturous prose, his heartfelt description of cynical characters, his immaculate illustration of the callous, self-interested capitalists, and the dejected, hopeless laborers, and most of all, his depiction of the gratification and tenacity of the American working class has left a mark on me. I couldn't help but envision Gustav Mahler's Adagietto being played during the uncertain moments of the journey that the Joads make. The symphonies of Gustav Mahler delineate an unparalleled energy. His portrayal is all-enclosing, sometimes straightforward and small, but also grandiose or…