Realism vs. Exaggeration: Why Do We Exaggerate in the Humanities?

The word “Exaggeration” can be defined as a potent method of emphasizing on something or an act to uplift its significance or gain its attention. Also, some professionals define it as the act of representing or conducting natural things beyond the existing reality. However, the use of realism versus exaggeration in movies, music, life art and even in animating emotions have grown full in the entire world. Hence, this paper will majorly look at why we do exaggerate in humanities.

Exaggeration acts as a technique for emphasizing high expression in various aspects of the emotional reaction that helps in the full conveyance of the character’s central point of illustration. For instance, exaggerating the dropping shoulder of an actor who is highly depressed brings an added sense to the downcast mood of a character. Thus, exaggeration of any physical trait or attributes has a significant impact on the viewer’s perception of the character, which can sometimes be categorized as blatant or subtle depending on an adversary. Also exaggeration of a camera angle of nature, trait boosts the picture of emotion, as well as a view of a character’s scream, helps to determine how loud it is.

Additionally, the exaggeration as a discursive strategy in music helps the narrator to provide the best sensationalist portrayals of many political events. Most musicians resort to exaggeration that makes them conduct their duties just like political spin-doctors whose primary aims are taunting the political ways of leaders or party, magnifying the targets on success or failures while deceiving or fooling the entire public to trust in whatever they say. For instance, from this excerpt; “In any case he wins again; he would have put a new record a president who is 98! A wobbly leader! Wow! It will ever be rough! Hence from this extract, the musician is exaggerating because the president alone is 68, not 98 meaning he tries to communicate to the public that leadership should be taken by the young generations but not old leaders (Shapiro).

Further, exaggeration has been used in the humanities as a useful literary device in the depot of various song artists and movie actors to bring a substantial impact to the social industry. Also, the application of exaggeration as a useful device in a song enables the narrator to shock the listeners into increasing the attention she or he had for the movie. Even the songwriters or the musicians have also not spared the use of exaggeration device, particularly the ones who have penned sappy and lyric songs. Hence, most of the love trucks heart has completely adopted the trend. For instance, to the moon and back- savage garden, which says “I will fly to the moon and back if you shall be my baby.” The use of exaggeration is identified because the moon is an inhospitable environment for all human beings, thus, it is only applied to gain viewers attention.

In conclusion, the application of exaggeration in the humanities is sometimes made to avoid being general in a first speech. Therefore, it can be applied as any of the descriptive and persuasive language forms to shade more vivid image the action to the audience. Hence, the use of exaggeration in any humanity brings more visual attraction, persuasion as well as deeper understanding of hidden meanings in the social industry.

Work Cited
Shapiro, Herman. “The Exaggeration of Burley Realism”. Manuscript 6.2 (1962): 94-98. Print.

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