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Assignment#1

Now carefully focus on every aspect of "Liberty Enlightening the World" as Bartholdi first named her.

  • Why is she a woman rather than a man?
  • Her face and her clothing look like a Greek statue. Why? (For other examples of classical sculture go to the Louvre http://www.louvre.fr/louvrea.htm)
  • What is Liberty's facial expression saying to us?
  • She holds a torch in her raised hand - so that she functions as light house, guiding ships to shore. Why is she "enlightening" the world? What other figures of speech that involve the word "light" such as "seeing the light," "light at the end of the tunnel" or "shed light on something." What does Liberty help the world to see?
  • Liberty wears a diadem, a royal crown or headband. Why might it have seven points? In what ways are the points like rays of the sun?
  • Liberty holds a tablet in her left arm on which "July 4, 1776" is written in Roman numerals. Why this date? What other "tablets" are important in the Bible? What message does the tablet convey about liberty?
  • At Liberty's feet is a broken chain. What might it symbolize? Did it have any special meaning in the years just after the civil war?

 

 

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