Masculine Desires Expressed in Art and Media Essay

Masculine Desires Expressed in Art and Media Essay

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Suppose the locks to a Starbuck’s Café were slowing turning to seal the doors shut from any last customers. But before the latch could roll into the opposite lock, two strangers pulled open the door and made their way inside. A sight to have seen: James Bond and Keanu Reeves. They held each a large canvas and a sculpture, respectively. Both purchased their favorite coffee drinks at the local café. Having made an exception in not closing the shop at the normal time, the employee allowed the men to enjoy their beverages inside—in the comfort of the inexplicably soft couches. The gentlemen sat and conversed about their current lives. My question is: does the adolescent worker, who is still bewildered, share a singularity with the unexpected customers, as well as with the artworks in their possession? Regardless of the hypothetical, the answer is always the same: Yes. The fictitious heroes and brave men conceived by man bear the longings and passions of their creator. In fact, it is through them that man lives vicariously. However, prior to the births of legendary characters in motion pictures and comic books, there existed artworks that introduced the public to the deepest desires of man. They portrayed his universal image: a man that is “wild at heart”.

What does the action sequence of The Matrix: Reloaded have in common with a sixteenth-century sculpture? Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus, exemplifies the first of three desires in man. According to the legend, Hercules went on a journey to complete his tenth labor, a task of retrieving the Cattle of Geryon. Cacus, “a fire-god…demoted to a fire-breathing giant”, stole the cattle from the unsuspecting Hercules and hid with them in a cave. The theft launched the enemies into ...


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...expresses. The three desires of man are painted and sculpted in the magazines, books, television shows, and movies of today. Society suggests the ideals and universal image of man it wants to uphold; the media engraves the information into the stone tablets of its mind. Sure, I can appreciate the sculpture of Hercules and the painting of Christ, but only because I know that I can personally relate to the artworks. I want a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.







Works Cited

Eldredge, John. Wild at Heart. Tennessee: Nelson Publishing, 2001

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005

“Hercules and Cacus” Wikipedia September 25, 2006

Gospel of John BibleGateway September 25, 2006

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