Henry Lawson - Composers in Everyday Situations

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Composers in everyday situations use distinctively visuals through the use of elaborate techniques and complex word choice to bring the world of their work to life through the images they create. These visuals are vivid and very clear; so it helps the responder visualise the text and therefore relate to the texts and also deepens their understanding of the short stories. Two short stories composed by Henry Lawson that employ techniques and word choice to portray distinctively visuals is ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’; these two texts are strongly opposite to the visual “Little Miss Sunshine”, a picture book by Roger Hargreaves. Lawson and Hargreaves give their audience a feeling of the distinctly visual. Both authors convey distinctive experiences through different ways. Lawson uses many evocative and powerful language techniques to convey his thoughts and feelings. This is clearly shown in ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’. Other narratives also utilise the many language techniques to convey the distinctively visual image. Both texts reveal both positive and negative values which are indicative of the Australian image. Through the forms and language of these texts, and the values of larrikinism, heroism, humour, environment and realism, they alter the responder’s perceptions and understand the perceptions of Australia and its identity. Both ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’ use distinctive visuals to deepen the responders understanding of place; the situation of the story, where the stories are set. The ‘The Drover’s Wife’ is written in third person, from the point of view of an omniscient narrator.  Lawson’s negativity towards the bush begins immediately in this story, when he uses diction to describe the bushland surrounding the house as “stunted, rotten native apple trees. No undergrowth... The two-roomed house is built from round timber, slabs, and stringy-bark, and floored with split slabs.” This quote is used to allow the...
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