The Use of Ordinary Language in Art

The Use of Ordinary Language in Art

The 18th century marked a time of change from the traditional artistic ideas that were in place. There were changes in the industrial world, and they represented the zeal for the people to focus on change and the issues that were facing them. Art now focused on the minorities, or the middle class, who were now under direct effect due to the problems that were arising. The lives of the people would limit how they thought of each other, and this represented how they led their lives. Global industrialization changed the dynamics of life, and in the wake of this was the introduction of the use of ordinary language and realism themes to pass messages and create novels.

Traditionally, art entailed the use of various artistic devices that would both add to the message and lead on to an understanding of what is essential for the people. Industrialization brought with it an increase in knowledge globally since artists would share their knowledge and know what other parties in different parts of the world were facing. However, even without outside interference, the tide was changing across the major cities, and this exposed the people to changes on how they thought and wanted to express themselves.

The use of ordinary language in art represented the position of the various parties, and how they wanted to present their worlds. One case in point is the Higuchi Ichiyo, a Japanese author, who dared to change from the traditional art and way of writing and introducing a new style of writing that was fresh and which represented how the people wanted to express themselves (Norton 626). Her language was a presentation of what she wanted for her people, and what they wanted in their lives. She sought to deviate from the traditional views that were in place and was welcoming the new trend in their lives. Even without physical interaction with each other, the changes in their lives warranted a change in the way of expression, and through this bore a new literary form of life.

The manifestation of realism in literature was the incorporation of new thoughts and forms of being in how they presented their information, and the interaction that they wanted with each other. The people who were in charge of operations focused more on understanding what was going on in their lives and used this to present their ideas to the public. Higuchi focuses on the changing times in her society, how there was a change in how the people were thinking of themselves, and how they wanted to lead their lives. The place of the various parties was to understand how they needed to lead their lives and make sure that their message was heard and followed by the masses.

The majority of the people were taking up new roles in their lives, and evidence of this is how various parties focused more on understanding what they needed to do to understand each other. The middle class was now at the center of the society, and they were now the target of the literary works. As such, their struggles and various challenges should have been the focus of the novels. The way they led their lives affected how other people thought of them, and this led to a balancing of resources by the authors. Writers had to create content that would attract and allow them to succeed. However, due to the changes that were happening, traditional art would not suffice. This thus meant that the focus had to shift on understanding what they were going through by presenting information in a way they would relate to. The themes that were in the general society at the time were what led to the change in what the people wanted for themselves and the community in general.

Liveliness in art was unrecognized, and as such the new changes made by the various parties changed the traditional thoughts and views. As the people struggled to make ends meet in their lives, they needed literature that expressly represents how they lead their lives. Higuchi incorporated literary devices that were unexplored, and she used them to express the changing thoughts in society. One of the highlights of her work is the introduction of lively dialogue and changing from what they thought of each other, which led to the adulteration of her messages on the issues affecting them. Novels represented what the people were going through, rather than repeatedly use fiction in their works.

The natural language was a device to lure the public to read and appreciate art, rather than the incessant focus on traditional thoughts and views. The conventional devices hindered people from enjoying art. The emphasis of realism is enticing the poor and the marginalized to appreciate art, and ensure that they understand and relate to what is in the works. It entailed representing the struggles that they were going through in their societal classes, and how this contrasted with the specific level of expertise required for survival (Cristol 1). Authors such as Higuchi wanted to ensure that there was no traditional view of what art should be but wanted to show how the change that is happening in the world should be felt even in literature. The challenges by the majority of the population should represent the culture, and as such, the literary devices in circulation. Various attributes show why it is crucial for the various parties to focus on their development and the basic notion that they have in society.

Industrialization brought the changes in literature worldwide, and even without direct interaction between the various authors, they showed a similarity in their perception of the issue. Ordinary language became the focus of the people, and the authors now wanted to achieve more by focusing on the changes that would be made through the increase in the number of readers and their specific thoughts on the matters affecting them.



Works Cited

Cristol, Jonathan. “Realism.” Oxford Bibliographies, 2017, doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199743292-0042.

Norton. “Realism across the Globe.” Accessed 31 Mar. 2019.