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Do you agree that the primary purpose of the arts – whether painting, music, drama, or literature – is to entertain?

We come across, at least, some form of arts almost every day. We perceive them in different ways depending upon their types and basis for perception. We view paintings and sculptures, we listen to music, we watch drama, and we read literature. Why do we invest our time and effort, and thus engage ourselves, in such activities? When doing so, aren't we looking for some kind of ways to entertain ourselves? Indeed we are.

Paintings entertain us in different ways depending upon their types. Some paintings inculcate amusements; others entice us with their beauty; some abstract paintings make us wonder and imagine; paintings of nature fill us with tranquility; and so on. Whatever, the way may be, all these ways are undoubtedly meant to refresh our mood, and thus entertain us.

Music is equally entertaining. It makes us forget our duties and responsibilities for a while. It engages us in its rhythm and even motivates us to dance and enjoy ourselves. It almost always makes us emotional, be it happy, sad, and excited. All these functions eventually lead us toward entertainment. What is entertainment after all?

Drama too has similar qualities, all of which are meant to entertain. It is a combination of different art forms like acting, music, story, background composition, cinematography, makeup, et cetera. Often, its purpose is varying. Sometimes, it is meant purely for entertainment. At other times, it’s solely aimed to create awareness. Nonetheless, combining both aspects is seemed to increase effectiveness most of the times. Unentertaining dramas with the objective of creating awareness mostly become less successful to retain the interest of audience. In Nepal, the awareness generating dramas acted by Madan Krishna Shrestha and Haribansha Acharya are the ones to be most successful. That is because their screenplay and acting are both entertaining. This also proves that the primary purpose of arts, from the perspective of audience, is entertainment.

Literature also serves many different purposes. Awareness, expression, critique, amusement, emotional empathy, and so on to name a few. Most of these purposes are however closely related to entertainment. From the perspective of the author the purpose may be to express her emotions, so that she could get a relief from them, the relief we get when we share our sorrow with our near ones. Similarly, from the perspective of the audience it is emotional empathy, amusement, enjoying the story, and so on which is all about entertainment.

Despite having other purposes, entertainment remains the main purpose in majority of the works of art. Without it the other purposes cannot be achieved properly. Needless to say, more amusing or entertaining works will be memorized and liked for long time like the timeless “Mona Lisa” of Leonardo Da Vinci, the Dramas of William Shakespeare, the poems of Alighieri Dante, and the like. Moreover, the purpose may differ for the creator and the audience. For the artists, the primary motive may be exploration, self-expression, satisfaction, achievement, and the like. However, from the perspective of the audience it is mostly entertainment, relaxation, tranquility, relief from stress, and so on. Hence, although cannot be generalized completely, the primary purpose of arts is, by and large, to entertain.


  1. i don't think you should mention local artist like you mentioned about haribhansha acharaya and madan krishna shrestha because they may be famous in Nepal but people around the world won't know them and thus it would't be approved by the CIE.

  2. First of all, your concept that "the people who are not famous worldwide cannot be used in our examples" is wrong. Even the international celebrities are not recognized everywhere. So, this should not stop us from using them as an example for our essay.

    Second thing is that, CIE demands students to use "local, national and international" examples where appropriate. That means you are encouraged to give examples from your country, or even your locality.

    Lastly, your grading will be based upon whether your example is appropriate or not. Whether it is authentic or factually correct holds less importance because facts are more related to our memorizing ability rather than our understanding of the concept of writing an "academic essay". GP basically represents the latter part, understanding and expression!


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