Are stories art?

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Art is a complicated thing that can be expressed in a veriaty of ways such as music, DIY and designing. And what some might think is art some might not, like certain pieces of writing such as stories one of stories is about an artist who boasted her accomplishments and said that her skill surpassed a goddess' skill.


Arachne was a very talented weaver and her father (in some tellings) would use the fabric to make countless clothes. Arachne became so convinced that she had a talent that no one else had that she took her weaving to the street. Lots of people fed the fire of selfishness to the point she challenged the goddess Athena which was a big no no in Ancient Greece and for her selfish acts she was turned into a spider as punishment.

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  • katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
    25 Jun 2020

    Hi noble_moth! I have shared your post because I thought you raised a really interesting idea about whether pieces of writing and stories are art. I added this into your title so everyone can have a think about your big question. Do you think that all stories are art? Or are there only certain types?

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  • Hammond School logo admirable_cheetah | Hammond Junior School E
    25 Jun 2020

    Yes I think story’s can be art because a story can be anything.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    25 Jun 2020

    Thank you VERY much for this post, noble_moth!

    First of all, you would need to find the definition of art, which is more or less this:

    "The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."

    (I hope this does not count as plagiarism. I just think that the more definite clarification will support my reasoning the best.)

    I would need to find what subject is most relevant to stories, which would most likely be English or Literature. The word 'Literature' means works that are fabricated with a writing tool, mostly ones who are considered of powerful or lasting artistic excellence. Highlighting the word 'artistic', it is related to art, which finalizes the act. For extra security, I discovered that art is a true equivalent to literature, finalizing the fact that art has a relationship. However, stories itself is the author's imagination. For example, the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll is a poem advertising the author's creativity and imagination. So, yes. Stories can be considered as art. Now that I've proven my point, I'm going to share my perspective about the story you used as an example of art.

    The story, Arachne is a Greco-Roman mythologic tale. Sewing, weaving or crocheting is considered as Design Technology and Art. However, I disagree regarding the fact that you've used this as an example of ART. Based on my precise definition, art is focused on your imagination. Though this is based on a story that was apparently true, so you cannot say whether it is true or false. Of course, if there were illustrations in the story, that is considered as art automatically. However, the context of the book is quite a swirl of non-fiction and fiction things. (Of course, Rome was a place and crocheting, weaving and sewing were real.) Therefore, I do not think that your specifically chosen story is considered as art.

    Another type of story that is art is 'The Last Supper', a creation of art that tells a sneak peak or a story about Jesus' final meal with his disciples. However, can the same art tell the same story? Well, let's take this image: (*rZba53h9hHbJGbpbFwZdxw.jpeg.) A climate change activist may see the world as the left side, as they acknowledge that the world is going through a lot of havoc in their perspective. However, an oblivious chain-smoker may see the world as the right side, as they think that nothing is happening to the earth as their have been no major changes or they're just quite a stubborn person.

    Thus, I DO think that stories can be art.

    Thank you for reading.


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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 26 Jun 2020

      A very well-written response, memorable_orchard, and with plenty of evidence to support your ideas. Do you have a question you could ask about what you've said, too?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 26 Jun 2020

        My question would be:

        "Is everything called 'art' really art, or is it just someone's perspective of something?"

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    26 Jun 2020

    Wow, noble_moth! This was another post that got me thinking!
    I believe that some types of art can be stories. I say this because if you take a form of art; dance or theatre, and you watch a performance, then you can see that there is no taking, but a story forms. Take the ballet 'The Nutcracker' for example. Most of us know the story, maybe off by heart, but how do we know what is going on without any words without reading the book? The dancers tell the story through their actions and expressions so it is clear to the audience what is happening and how the characters fell about it. Like when the dancer playing Clara spins around, holding the brand new nutcracker in her hands, leaping around the stage, we can tell that she is overjoyed!
    And like memorable_orchard said, The Last Supper is a well know story, portrayed in a picture or even the whole Bible is told through pictures for younger children to understand.
    So, there are many types of art that can tell stories, and I think that anyone can tell their own story through art, too!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      intrepid_hurricane's comment 26 Jun 2020

      Such interesting ideas - and excellent examples!

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