Empathy

By: Joseph Ljuba

From Letters to a Young Artist By: Anna Deavers Smith Zebra By: Chaim Potok

Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
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Does a person need empathy to create great art?

A person does need empathy to create great art.

2 Points to prove my thesis

Artists need to use their heart when creating great art.


"Yes as a painter you will need a hand, and as an actor I need a voice and a body but before getting to those, we need to develop the eye, the ear, the heart" (Smith pg 123).

This shows that an artist needs many things to create grate art.


This proves that a person needs empathy to create grate art.

If artistis are empathetic they have more Imagination in what they create.


"What are you going to draw for him?"..."Use your imagination" (Potok pg 158).



This shows that an empathetic artist has more imagination in what they create.


This proves that empathy creates great art.

It may be possible that a person does not need empathy to create great art. Even if someone does not have empathy they can still create grate art but they do not add as much detail as artist that has empathy.
In conclusion a person does need empathy to create grate art because artist need to use their heart when creating great art. Also If artistis are empathetic they have more Imagination in what they create. That is why a person does need empathy to create grate art. Do you think a artist needs empathy to creat very detailed art work?