Critical Response of Marat/Sade and Nudity Presented in the Film

What kind of (un)dress do the film’s different characters display in “The Nude” by Kenneth Clark?

Clark displays nakedness as the act of depriving people of their clothes and continues to express the shame and embarrassment that follows. However, arts use naked pictures to show a reformed body, one that is balanced and prosperous. Naked bodies are used among countries that practice sculpture and paintings and make them the central subject. Nude is an educative way of inspiring great works in demonstration of mastering arts (Clark,  1956). Nudes are used to link classic disciplines that express revolutionaries in traditional European paintings. Art is a form of art.

Naked bodies are major attractions of the eyes and their sight is enjoyed with pleasure. However, the pitiful and shapeless models are just an illusion in art drawings that can be perfected, imitated, and lit. Their beauty can be tone down and accentuated through retouching. The play describes that human beings are deprived of their physical desires, harmony, pathos, ecstasy, and respect. In addition, the characters display horror and curiosity through naked bodies. The naked bodies of animals like tigers in snowy landscapes look natural and make us identify with them joyfully. In addition, the work of art is a happy union demonstrating empathy in aesthetics. However masses of naked figures moves people to disillusion and dismay.

What is it that these inmates are stripped of materially, psychologically, politically in “The Nude” by Kenneth Clark?

Materially the inmates are deprived of their clothes exposing them to harsh climates. Individuals that are more powerful take their wealth, assets, and goods away. Example male nakedness shows their power to own and their male counterparts deprive posse’s property. Psychologically they are deprived of their innocence and culture. In addition, their primal energy is emptied through denial of clothes. The pictures demonstrated primitive people who had no moral constraints and concerns for their middle class levels.

Politically they represented domination of male persons, when male artists created the Nude. They showed submission and domination of people to their political governance of the time. They fail to have faithful representatives who honor the pledges they make (Beaujor, 2010). As a result, they live them in extreme conditions such as poverty, hunger, wars, and oppressive local authorities. Innocent people are left in the hands of criminals who destroy their assets and kill their very own. As a result, families are left without parents and children.

Psychologically they are denied the boldness of expressing themselves and their ideas. Their unstable governments, their rules, and regulations that do not respect their rights torture them mentally. Their self-esteem is lowered and power to bargain for what is rightfully theirs is denied (Cage, 2010).

Is anyone in this film ever nude in the idealized sense that Kenneth Clark describes?

The film represents nudes of professional athletes who were satisfied with monstrous proportions through Hellenistic and Roman arts. The athlete nudes represent limitation of time and excesses of specialization. Their achievements of gold and Roman silver represent few chances left in life (Clark, 1956). Athlete nudes showed continuations of race. In addition, workers toiled at the building with clothes striped to their waist. The naked figures showed establishment of Christianity in middle ages through disrespectful decorations and sacred objects showing the beginning and end of existence.

What does Marat/Sade tell us about the relationship between states of (UN) dress, (im) proper comportment, rationality, and access to free and modern social spaces?

Marat argues that individual bodies are not fully satisfactory although artists may chose perfect parts from various figures and combine them to form a whole part that is perfect. Marat explains that exemplary wills and tempestuous voices are minute in front of our eyes through gestures and verbiage. He argues that social places are full of mad men where there are no measures of in temporal genius privileges and deprivation of scandals and alienations bound by time (Beaujor, 2010). He supports himself by stating that madness is permanently a scandal that is stripped of its religious terror and attained a meaningful place in the world, which has original sins and demons. Such madness produces horror to people. He states that individual acts are antisocial with madmen being victims of social dictatorship.

The poet demands that mad men be freed from their locked up places. Mad men surrounding Marat and Sade are genuine and argue that gestures posed on them together with treatments styles must be stripped of. The two poets argue that psychologists and psychiatrists should publicly treat mad men with therapy. Marat wishes to accomplish all through his wishful way of thinking. He expresses freedom of imagination and comments that they have no much weight when done with consideration (Beaujor, 2010). He connects freedom of thought and imagination with mad men who are expressing their freedom of intellectuals. As a result, mad men play a part of human revolution. The mad men remain true heroes in the play due to their introduction of disorder and chaos that are unexpected. Moreover, they are always avoided, rejected, cry alone, are deprived of property and are not given any responsibility. They are divided between their great anger and impotence.






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