IELTS essay: Are artists valuable to society?

The following question was asked on an IELTS writing test held in India in January 2012. This question is taken from www.ielts-blog.com

Do you think that artists like writers, musicians and painters are valuable to society? Discuss.

You can spend 40 minutes on this task. You have to write at least 250 words.

Model answer

Artists are the custodians of a nation’s cultural heritage. They determine how the nation thinks and acts and keep it sane. Are artists valuable to the society? Let’s examine.

Artists like writers, musicians and painters influence the way a nation thinks. They act as the guiding lights for the society. No one can feel the pulse of a nation like its artists. And no one can be better representatives of a nation than its artists.

Much of what we know about our forefathers, we learned from the works of great writers and painters. They preserved history for us.  Writers like Homer, Dante and Shakespeare not only entertained the masses with their writings, but also painted a realistic picture of the era they lived in. If Shakespeare wasn’t born we would perhaps have known very little about the life and values of the people who lived in the Victorian era. What Shakespeare and Dante did for us, today’s writers will do for the coming generations.

Great works of art inspire the soul. They encourage us to lead better, responsible lives. Artists often act as the voice of wisdom. They help us to distinguish between the right and the wrong. They protect the society from rotting and make it a better place to live in.

Artists were the catalysts behind every revolution that changed the world. They were the first to sow the seeds of unrest. The Russian Resolution would not have been possible without the contribution of the Russian writers. In the same way, the Renaissance would not have been possible without the artists of Europe.

Artists are often the first to raise their voice against injustice. Through their works they highlight the problems plaguing the society and urge the administration to do its duty.

After analyzing the situation it is not hard to see that artists are valuable to the society. Their contribution to the society cannot be measured in terms of monetary benefits. But the truth is that artists are the forces that keep the society civilized and humane.

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