The idea that the pure artist expresses his meaning through living is one that Chesterton explores at length in the novel Manalive. He places the pure artist in tandem with the mystic artist. The former is unconscious of verbal meaning, expressing his identity through ritual actions. The latter is conscious of a need to fmd a mode to express the nature of identity, and communicate his understanding of it verbally. Chesterton combines the pure artist who has no verbal obligations to society, and the mystic artist who must communicate analogically through sound, speech or matter. The two artists each extend one half of the duality of the artist found in The Man Who Was Thursday. The pure artist is primarily creative, while the mystic artist primarily interpretive.
KeywordsRitual Action External Authority School Friend Detective Story Practical Joke
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