The etymological origin of the term scream that we are dealing with now, we have to establish that it is found in Latin. It exactly comes from the verb “quiritare”, which can be translated as “call for help”.
The verb shout out refers to the raising the volume of the voice more than normal or usual. It is a form of expression that is usually linked to a certain state of mind that modifies communication.
Yelling, yelling, yelling, yelling, yelling, or even yelling are some of the words that function as synonyms for yelling. On the contrary, among its antonyms we come across terms such as mute, shut up, whisper or murmur, for example.
A person can scream for multiple reasons. On the one hand, it may simply be an attempt to be heard in a noisy environment or if the interlocutor is far or suffers hearing disorders. For instance: “In the middle of the concert, due to the crowd of people, I separated from my sister and then I had to start screaming to find her”, “Grandpa, why don’t you use the hearing aid? So I don’t have to scream for you to hear me “, “The young man, noticing that the sea began to drag him, began to shout to attract the attention of the lifeguard who was several meters away”.
Sometimes the action shouting is due to the desire to manifest the approval or disapproval Of something: “When the singer came on stage, his fans started shouting and clapping”, “The public did not stop shouting until the president finished his speech”, “Shouting was in vain: despite the rejection of those who were in the theater, the actor carried out the controversial scene”.
Yelling can also be a spontaneous reaction before an agitation of the cheer up: “When we saw how the car went off the rails, we despaired and the only thing we could do was scream”, “There is nothing more beautiful than shouting with joy at good news”, “The boy heard his name among the winners and began to scream”.
Precisely one of the most important paintings in the history of art shows the moment in which the protagonist does not hesitate to scream. We are referring to the painting entitled “The Scream”, which was made in 1893 by the famous Norwegian author Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944).
Many are the theories and explanations that have been established about what that painting represents. However, the most generalized one indicates that it represents a modern man who screams in a moment of great existential despair and even anguish and anxiety in the face of existing life.
Within the current of expressionism is this work that, today, has become a true cultural icon. Hence, it can be found represented on t-shirts, prints and all kinds of objects. So much so that for many, in terms of relevance and meaning, it is considered modern “La Gioconda”.
Today, those who want to see it on site have to travel to the National Gallery in Oslo (Norway), which is where it is exhibited.