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    Lightbulb explain a sentence

    The arts reveal the otherwise hidden ideas and impulses of a society.

    what does the sentance mean?
    especially 'otherwise hidden'

    thank you for any answer!!

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    Re: explain a sentence

    The meaning is this:

    People in a society have some ideas and impulses which they hide, perhaps because they are afraid to show these ideas, or because the ideas and impulses are taboo

    So people choose to show these ideas and impulses in a less direct way, through the arts (painting, music, theatre, etc...) - perhaps they paint about an impulse or write about it in a play.

    "otherwise hidden" means that they are hidden in other respects, in other ways.

    So, the arts reveal, or show, these impulses and ideas, which are not shown in any other way.

    Hope this helps.

    Last edited by keith t; 05-Mar-2007 at 17:55.

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    Re: explain a sentence

    wow, thank you so much!
    It helps a lot!

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