Sunday, September 11, 2011

Aritstotle's Critic

We spent a lot of time in class talking about how the judge as a critic, but I would argue that he is only one type of critic, and he is not the only one critic in the court room. The jury is another set of critics. And what aboiut everyday life? We don't have judges walking around, deciding what is good and what isn't good for us. In this regard, Aristotle tells us that critics are those whom we choose to emulate. For instance, my little brother respects me and emulates me and so I would be his critic. That is not to say that there are not other critics in his life, but that I am one of many. This complicates the issue for me, because my brother rarely makes the choices that I would make and the only reason I even think he emulates me is because my mom tells me on a regular basis. On the exact opposite end of the spectrum lies the relationship between private and drill sergeant at Basic Combat Training. Having been through it myself, I can tell you that it doesn't matter whether you admire the drill sergeant or not, their word is law and they are the be all and end all critic during your time at BCT. So I guess there lies some room for interpretation as to just how strongly critics influence our lives.

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