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Statue of Liberty

When People think of the statue of Liberty, many different ideologies come to mind.  Ideologies come from connotative meaning.  These are social and cultural meanings that are added to a work of art literal meaning.  This brings more meaning to the work of art and creates larger dimensions to the work of art. The statue was originally supposed to represent liberty for the entire world.  For example, the seven points on her crown are supposed to represent the seven continents.  But, in turn, the statue became a symbol of American freedom and the dreams that could be obtained through hard work in the free world. When immigrants left their hardships of their homeland to come to America, one of the first symbols they saw before even entering the United States through immigration, or even getting off the boat they traveled on was the Statue of Liberty.  The connotative meaning that the statue holds is the American Dream as well as freedom.  That anything is possible and once you set foot on the soil of the United States, you are free and have the same chances as the next person to make all your dreams come true. 

Originally this was supposed to be a symbol of liberty for the entire world.  But, because this statue was placed in the harbor of New York, the statue became a symbol of freedom to those who lived in the United States, or immigrated to America, rather than a work of art intended to be a symbol of liberty for the entire world to appreciate and emulate.