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Hope, A Theme In Shakespeare´S Richard The Third And In George Frederick Watts´S Painting

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Famous English poet and playwright William Shakespeare uses “hope” in King Richard III as: “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings: Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.” (Shakespeare) In this quote from Shakespeare, hope is liken to wings that elevates people during its existence, a power which strengthens people. During my research different sources, from academic writings to visual sources, discussed how the result of an aim is affected by “hope”. The results that I gained from my research have shown that people can’t achieve their dreams in the lack of hope. Hope is the irreplaceable element of success.
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It says the deficiency of hope is equal to the deficiency of everything. Although the author also claims that we should never be worried about losing or lack of something as long as we have hope, and it is impossible to spirit the hope away (Lore). Because hope is never lost and with us all the time, we can think we are invincible and should never be afraid of falling in the road of achievement.
While Pittacus Lore explains hope cannot be lost, George Frederick Watts also illustrates the same idea by using Art. In his painting which is called Hope': Blind Hope Sits On The Top Of World Plucking The Strings Of A Lyre, George Frederick Watts -a famous sculptor and painter- expresses his thoughts about hope (Hope'). We normally imagine ”hope” as a happy thing, although his painting doesn’t symbolize “hope” by using bright colors that evoke happiness. On the contrary, it uses dark and faded colors to show the times of predicament. The painting shows a girl with blindfolded eyes holds a harp that has only one string, but for the girl it’s still enough to make music. She doesn’t give up and put her instrument away, she holds on to it. This painting describes the times of terrible situations and holding on to hope in those times, so that it will prevent us from giving up.
Even though I was expecting the painting to use the connotation of “hope”, I was surprised...

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