FYS Endeavor - 2021-2022


Ted Zhou


From prehistoric times to the present, friendship, as a uniquely human emotion, has been one of the most popular themes of discussion. In their writings, writers and artists from all across the world have articulated how they define friendships, including Confucius, Aristotle, and Cicero. Each of them has their own notion of friendship, yet there are many parallels between them, and their perspectives on friendship are still valued in today's culture. These various sorts of friendship are also a prominent theme in Renaissance paintings; numerous artists, such as Raffaello, represent various friendships in their work. Many works of art today incorporate friendship as a theme; for example, the film "Promising Young Woman" depicted a woman's revenge for a past friend, and the friendships depicted in the film precisely correspond to the idea that friendship may be viewed from various angles.