The Influence Of Arts On The Ideal Society

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In The Republic, Plato goes into detail about how he feels about the arts, and poetry, and how he views the effects of the arts as being negative to the ideal society. Plato’s main belief is that the arts don’t show reality, but rather, that the arts are merely imitation, and promote corruption in society. He also believes that the arts should be censored, or banished. However, although the arts can be deceitful at times, art can be educational and beneficial to creating a strong society if they are portrayed in the right ways. Therefore, I believe that in order to have an ideal society, instead of banishing the arts as a whole, there should be some form of censorship put into place, just like all other aspects in life (The Republic).…show more content…
Therefore, when the individuals become corrupted, the society and state as a whole will be affected negatively as well because society is shaped by the individuals who live there (The Republic, book X). Furthermore, in book III, Plato states, “We will not have [poets] trying to persuade our youth that the gods are the authors of evil, and that heroes are no better than men… And further [poets] are likely to have a bad effect on those who hear them; for everybody will begin to excuse his own vices when he is convinced that similar wickedness are always being perpetuated by ‘the kindred of the gods’… (The Republic, 63).” From this, Plato believes that artists and poets have a sort of authority to them. From their authority, since they have the freedom, they can express whatever they want to, even if it is immoral. When the arts are free, it allows artists to portray whatever they want, even if they are malicious, corruptive thoughts. When people see these free artistic pieces, the messages that these arts show pierces into the minds of individuals and leaves a mark on their character. In this way, the arts shape people and this can be dangerous. When people are impacted by these immoral works of art, they also give into their vices. They think that immorality is acceptable and that the arts are truthful in everything they portray and this causes havoc in society (The
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