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Publié le 17/05/2023

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« INTRODUCTION: Today, works of art are an effective way to denounce war, violence and oppression.

The art of protest is at the top of our modern social and political debate, it calls into question the dominant and preconceived notions of society. Therefore, artists can express a form of resistance to oppression or discrimination in their work and use their art to convey messages, raise awareness and challenge norms and conventions.

It gives them unlimited freedom to reinvent themselves and reinvent the world as they know it. Furthermore, one may ask, how artists manage to raise awareness among their audience through their works by criticizing the society? To answer the problem we will first rely on Jane Eyre, a novel written in 1847 by the British author, Charlotte Brontë, then on two excerpts from texts: the first "I want some more" from Oliver Twist written in 1838 by Charles Dickens as well as the dystopian short story The Handmaid's tale written by Margaret Atwood in 1985.

We will also analyze a work by Banksy who is a street art called Follow your dreams as well as music written by an African American artist, H.E.R, I can't breathe. Firstly We will see that artists make a realistic analysis of society by using several formats and adapting to their time before seeing that they take their audience to see this society from another angle.

Then we will see that these artists attract a wider audience by creating controversy around their works. PARTIE 1: Critique réaliste de la société Art is a widely used way to denounce social facts that the majority of people do not know.

From the 19th century, a new literary genre emerged that aimed to criticize society through a work of fiction in which a social issue such as gender, race or class prejudice is dramatized by its effect on the characters of a novel. In his novel, Charles Dickens, a great author and social critic of the 19th century, clearly denounces the social indifference and poor conditions of the industrial world.

In Oliver Twist we follow the story of an orphan named Oliver, raised in terrible poverty, exploited by all those he meets and hungry, especially in the excerpt where he is reprimanded the master of the orphanage after declaring the famous phrase "Please sir, I want some more" asking for a second portion of food.

The reader cannot help but feel compassion for the young character and anger against an insensitive society that violates human fundamental rights.

If literature has been a means used for several centuries now, musical art is today a way of raising awareness among a younger audience although they have been present for several years now.

It is one of the processes that affects youth the most because it represents a certain freedom of expression for both the artist and the listener; it is a means that is widely used today to demonstrate against a diversity of political and social topics such as racism and discrimination against the black community, which is one of the most discussed topics in recent decades.

Like Charles Dickens, H.E.R, wrote her frustration with society in her title I can't Breathe by demanding an end to racial discrimination and police brutality in the wake.... »


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