I posted this before, but this time, with a different question:
The question is: Do you think there is a native connotation about the word simplistic in the following sentence (too simple)? I am not talking about the general difference between simplistic and simple. I want to know the word in this particular context. Thanks.
At the most primitive level, it provides a satisfying and nearly universal revenge fantasy disguised as the story of heroic sacrifice to art. Anyone who has ever felt isolated and unappreciated can identify with van Gogh and hope not only for a spectacular redemption but also to put critics and doubting relatives to shame. At the same time, the myth offers an alluringly simplistic conception of great art as the product, not of particular historical circumstances and the artist's painstaking calculations, but of the naive and spontaneous outpourings of a mad, holy fool.
In this context, I would say that "simplistic" means "not sophisticated"; but with an additional connotation that the speaker slightly looks down on the intellectual capacity of people who subscribe to the myth's "conception of great art".
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Thanks a million.
Originally Posted by MrPedantic
By ian2 in forum Ask a Teacher
Last Post: 25-Jan-2007, 02:42
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