Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kitsch

I think kitsch is a very interesting idea because when you think about it, it is very disappointing that society cannot accept certain aspects of our lives. Every single person does things that are "gross" but everyone does them so it shouldn't be so unacceptable to talk about. I completely understand why Sabina rebels against everything that has to do with kitsch. She wants to be an individual and not be told what to do.

1 comment:

Brooke Williamson said...

I agree with your opinion. Kundera suggests that kitsch is basically being in complete denial of or against something. Like Bailey mentions, Sabina's character, for example, hates parades because marching in unison symbolizes conformity to societal expectations that she loathes. In my opinion, kitsch is the antithesis of authenticity because it tries to make individualism suppressed. Kundera furthers this concept by elaborating on toltaltarian kitsch which suggests that the individual is no longer important, rather the collective group is in control. This diminishes people's opinions and makes questioning the greater good practically outlawed. In this instance, Kundera is explaining how the people are expected to live life in dilusion rather than by being genuine and real about their feelings and expressing their beliefs.