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Writing Sample

The following is an essay I wrote for my English class, which I received a 95 on. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it.


Katherine Kobito

Engl 1101


Paper #4

Topic: Do we need the arts in our lives?


          Albus Dumbledore, in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” says “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” This quote offers a feeling of hope and motivation to keep trying, even through the darkness. This movie, one of six, was adapted from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which instilled in its readers a revitalization of happiness and faith in oneself. One interpretation of this quote is, the darkness is life without art. Art takes on many forms, and those forms are one all society takes notice of: music, paintings, and books, to name a few. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling takes each work of art and incorporates it into her novels, creating a universe that captures all the senses.

          Another well-known author is Philippa Gregory. Mainly a writer of historical novels, historical characters are brought to life and a conversation begins. Conducting extensive research, a dialogue is formed based from it, and a story is created. A unique combination of both fiction and romance, these novels do an excellent job of captivating the audience and providing new ways of understanding history. Directors have noticed the impact they have had on society and have made films from them, just like J.K. Rowling’s books. Incredible, moving musical scores perfectly depicted the emotion in the novels, as well. I guarantee that it’ll be easy to get lost in the world of years long past, in a world far different from one known today.

          The world is full of temptation, full of expectations, and full of devastation. The arts are a way for society to resist the urge to give into the darkness. It’s a way of dealing with the devastation that comes from failing one’s own expectations. Is it even possible to combat the trepidation that is felt by all? There are so many ways to deal with it, but how? It is believed that technology is slowly surpassing the arts. The advancement of technology has made the universe at the disposal of everyone, so, why is it important to remember the arts?

          It is globally known how beneficial the arts are, and have been, for society. It can be daunting to pick up a book and just sit there, reading for long periods of time. It can be intimidating to sit in a room and be surrounded by loud instruments just as being in an art gallery. I can promise that once a story is inside the spirit, it stays in there forever. Staring at a painting someone created hundreds of years ago, to express the pain, sorrow, love, and desperation felt, is truly empowering. Music, I know, has a way of wrapping the soul in a blanket, to be comforted, always. Don’t be intimidated, or daunted, or anxious. Read a book, or go to a symphony, or an art gallery, and be free. Change the future and change the world.


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