Plato’s Republic: The Relationship between Imitation in Art and in Actual Conduct

By Uchenna Onuzulike.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Mimesis, translated as “imitation,” is the process by which a poet, artist, or imitator incorporates chosen features of an original into his or her own work (mimema) in such a way that the work has a greater effect, which the guardians, who are the leaders of tomorrow, are likely to copy. Plato illustrates that mimesis is an emulation of the natural world. This paper discusses Plato’s views on imitation in both art and actual human conduct, while attempting to find the relationship between the two forms of imitation. Specifically, it will examine the similarities and differences between these two types of imitation. The paper concludes that imitation is dangerous when a poet falsifies his or her art, but is beneficial when the poet truly depicts the gods and the heroes who have a significant influence on guardians.

Keywords: Actual Conduct, Guardians, Imitation, Mimesis, Poets, Gods, Heroes

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.475-484. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.178MB).

Uchenna Onuzulike

Doctoral Student, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

Uchenna Onuzulike is a graduate student at Ohio University. He has an MS in Professional Communication from Clark University and BA in Communication from Worcester State College. He has published articles in numerous journals, including The International Journal of the Humanities; The Journal of Human Communication: A Journal of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association; Black Camera: A Micro Journal of Black Film Studies. His interests lie primarily in African cinema, Nollywood videofilm, Diasporic film cultures, Transnational film, African art, Gender discourse, Religious communication, Ethnic/racial identities. He is the author of Nollywood: Nigerian Videofilm as Indigenous Voice. (Forthcoming 2010) Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag. ISBN 978-3-639-13564-0.

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