No Perfect People
Critic, Oscar Wide, stated that, “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.” To understand this quote the definition of a genius must be established and understood. In America there’s a central idea that a genius is an extremely clever or intellectual human being; however, we sometimes misinterpret that definition. Many Americans mistake the word genius to mean someone who is incapable of making mistakes. The truth is that most of the people who have been marked as geniuses have made a number of significant mistakes in their individual careers. Beethoven, Napoleon Bonaparte, Berry Gordy, and Steve Jobs are all brilliant minds that most people can agree are geniuses, but people do not recognize that they had to overcome mistakes to gain success. Being considered a genius does not negotiate infallibility because you can find inaccuracy in the work of the world’s most intellectual people. Beethoven, one of the most recognized forces in composition, is considered to be one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music. Although his music thrived during the Classical Age: he made great mistakes during his career that would leave several people in disbelief. His music was composed and performed so gracefully that it is almost impossible to mention the words “mistake” and “Beethoven” in the same sentence. As a result of acquiring fame at a young age Beethoven became so egotistic that he began to believe himself to be incapable of making mistakes, along with the rest of the world. Before he became exceptionally great he had mentors who were older that him who tried to teach him ways to become even more successful, but Beethoven ignored them. His arrogance and assumed superiority left Beethoven making the very mistake he thought he was incapable of. After ignoring the advice of his elders Beethoven continued to composed a series of unrevised string quartets that he played and was talked about for being “scandalous...
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