I’d like to tell you about my analysis of the story “Art for heart’s sake” . It’s a very interesting story written by R.L.Goldsberg. He was an American sculptor, cartoonist and writer. He graduated from the. He produced several series of cartoons that were highly popular. His best works are “Is There a Doctor in the House?”, “Rube Goldsberg’ Guide to Europe” and “I Made My Bed”.
The story is logically divided into 3 parts. In introduction the action centers around Collis P. Ellsworth, an old gentleman whose obsessional idea is buying unnecessary things. In the chain of events we see that his doctor Caswell suggests him taking up art and he invites a student Frank Swain to teach him. The old man wants to exhibit his picture “Trees Dressed in White” in a famous gallery. This picture wins the first prize. Then, in the climax we know that an old man have bought this gallery.
The story is about an old man who decides to take up art. As for the mood of the text, it is written in a humorous manner. The author use humor of words either humor of situation. We can see it in describing picture:”.which resembled a gob of salad dressing thrown violently up against the side of a house”. And then that picture wins the first prize in a famous gallery. As for tonality of the text, it’s quite bright and enthusiastic. It proves the choice of author’s words like “graceful lines”, “rich variety of color”, etc.
As for the choice of words, there are colloquial words - “scrawl”, “bosh”, “poppy-cock”. Also there are some bookish words -“constructive”, “abruptness”, “purchase”. We can see medical terms-“patient”, “doctor”, “nurse” and a lot of art terms -“oils”,” water-paint”, “canvas”.
As for the expressing idea of the text, the author uses such devices as metaphors (“when the late spring began to cloak the fields and gardens with color”,” display curiosity”) to make the story more emotional. Metonymies (“Trees Dressed in White”, ”sneak into the gallery”), synecdoche (“ old pine-apple juice comes back”) to make it more expressive. Epithets(“insatiable curiosity”, “vigorous manner, hyperboles(“great sacrifice”, “the lifetime dream of every mature artist”) are used to express the author’s idea better. There is some irony in the text– “All his purchases of recent years had to be liquidated at a great sacrifice both to his health and his pocket book” .
The author uses syntactical stylistic devices – inversion -“Upon this distinguished group Ellsworth was going to foist his “Trees Dressed in White…” to mark out the words he thinks are necessary, repetition: anaphora( “He won’t take…He doesn’t want…He hates…He doesn’t like”) to show irritation which provoke Ellsworth, ordinary repetition “fine, fine”, rhetorical question “..if I’m foolish enough to start?”, asyndeton “I was thinking could you spare the time to come twice a week or perhaps three times?”-are used also to make the story more expressive. As for the character sketch of Ellsworth, I think he is rude, capricious, stubborn. In the story for example , it appears when he decided to exhibit his awful picture “Trees Dressed in White” in a famous Gallery, as if he didn’t understand that his picture is terrible. He behave like a child: he did only what he wanted to do. All in all, the story presents that you can buy everything, even the art. Ellsworth behave like a child, was very capricious, he used oaths to show his arrogance and scorn. Through all story he showed that he is clever and cunning. I like this story very much, and I recommend it to everyone.
The Art for Heart's sake was written by Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883-1970). He was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, was born in San Francisco. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons he created depicting complex devices that...