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The Unmasking

             "Any great work of art revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of it's success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world "the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe it's strange, special air- (Bernstein). An artist must create a different universe, one that surpasses culture, time, and personal philosophies. This new universe should surround and open a viewer's eyes and lead to a new understanding of their own world. An example of genuine art is Diego Rivera's painting "Mother's Helper- (Rivera), which displays the simplicity of life without technology. It display's the love of family, and nature, drives a person to appreciate the things around them. Upon reflection of true art, the viewer's philosophy, their path to the truth, should be reworked, against society and the mold they came from. An existentialist who has always sought the truth through personal experience may come to the revelation that Jesus Christ displays the truth after being stirred by moving artwork. A pragmatist, who believed the end justifies the means, could realize that their pure form is in nature, as a transcendentalist (Newton). Being raised Roman Catholic (Priola 1), the author Cormac McCarthy adopted the spoon fed philosophy of his parents, later coming to his own conclusions, expressed in his novels. He expresses personal views of an evil society, attempting to stretch the perception of the reader, using a common focus. McCarthy has a "pattern of using characters who struggle against a brutal hostile world and All the Pretty Horses carries on the tradition- (Cormac 3). In most of his earlier novels, Blood Meridian, The Orchard Keeper, & Suttree, McCarthy uses these themes. A sort of revolution in the mind of the main character is also expected in the writings of McCarthy. His unique writing style of vivid imagery and integrating Spanish gives McCarthy a few constant and signature traits.

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