Why Is the Renaissance Significant?

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Why is the Renaissance significant?
The Renaissance is a cultural move that roughly began in the 14th century to the 17th century. To examine the significance of the Renaissance would be the aim of this essay.
What is remarkable about the Renaissance?
One reason why Renaissance is significant is its remarkable influence to the way we live our lives today. The Renaissance was remarkable because it changed people’s way of thinking (Humanism). Before the Dark Ages, common people did not have any freedom. They were like birds trapped in a cage. People who were at the lower level of society were oppressed & constantly pushed down. For the oppressed people it was like being in a pitch black cave. The Renaissance brought change in the minds of the common population. People now were able to paint what they want, write what they want & create what they wanted. If the Renaissance had not occurred we would still be thinking the earth was the middle of the solar system & Earth was still flat. We would not have been able to read, if the printing press was not invented. People who did not know how to read were taught and the price of reading materials were brought down which made buying books easier for the poor.
How the Renaissance resulted in change?
Art changed, songs changed & the people changed. Art in the Dark Ages were always about religion, if a picture was created that had nothing to do about religion, the picture would be destroyed & the owner might even be put in house arrest (only in the most serious case). The same applies to music, if music was made but was not connected to religion, you know what happens. The common people were able to read & write thanks to the renaissance.
No Renaissance= no Olly Murs, Bruno Mars or Adele. All the famous pictures like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa & we would not know how to read or write.…...

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