Essay on Creativity

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The walls of the Louvre are covered with artistic masterpieces, widely recognized as some of the most treasured, creative works known to man. The unique stroke of a brush or the layering of paint can distinguish these geniuses from the masses. Despite the ability to label these pieces of art as especially creative, it remains unclear how one can truly qualify the defining characteristics of creativity. This faculty is commonly viewed as intangible, as `a spark of creativity,' or, `a flash of creativity.' This phenomenon, which lies at the foundation of our artistic culture, eludes our current grasp of understanding. For some, creativity rests within our human nature as an integral part of our being, for others, it may emerge
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And as the mole on my right breast is where it was when I was born, though all my body has been woven of new stuff time after time, so through the ghost of the unquiet father the image of the unliving son looks forth. In the intense instant of imagination, when the mind, Shelley says, is a fading coal that which I was is that which I am and that which in possibility I may come to be. So in the future, the sister of the past, I may see myself as I sit here now but by reflection from that which then I shall be (Joyce 186-7).

Joyce's ability to produce creative analogies shines through in this passage; though Stephen's physical characteristic of the mole on his chest remains the same, he declares that his "body has been woven of new stuff time after time." This analogy of the physical characteristics of his body through time is a deep insight into the contrast between the ever-changing individual and the continuity of a human being's identity throughout his lifetime. Not only does he express an insight into

human nature, which is far from readily obvious, he creatively uses powerful imagery, such as `the ghost of the unquiet father,' which strikes the reader, painting clear pictures of seemingly intangible subjects.

While Joyce masterfully provides examples of these basic characteristics of literature, the more controversial William Faulkner provides an alternate creative style. In his novel,
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