How Do the Distinctively Visual Elements in Texts Affect Interpretation and Shape Meaning?

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Through the use of techniques, a composer is able to create distinctively visual images when describing setting and characters which help us to understand and form meaning of what the composer is trying to convey in their texts. The use of techniques to create distinctively visual images which help us to convey an understanding and form a meaning is evident in the novel Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy, the film Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott, and the poem Mending Wall by Robert Frost. The clear visual images that Goldsworthy uses in Maestro through his techniques affect the interpretation and help shape the meaning of the characters and blossoming setting which reveal aspects of these characters. Through these distinctively visual images of both character and setting, the reader is able to form an interpretation and meaning of Goldsworthy’s ideas and themes when introducing and developing the characters and setting. Goldsworthy critiques the development process using distinctively visual images of Darwin through the eyes of Paul. Darwin is described through Paul’s eyes as, “I had never seen such greenness: an unnatural greenness: as if the leaves were a kind of plastic” (pg10). The reader is able to from a meaning and interpretation through this distinctively visual description of the setting as they become aware that all of this was new to Paul. The simile of the lush greenness of Darwin and Paul’s uncertainty about it all can be contrasted to his developing maturity and sexual urges that he is experiencing for the first time. Through the use of distinctively visual images, the interpretation and meaning of the character Paul and the setting of Darwin is made clear and Goldsworthy’s purpose of the critique of the development process is evident. When describing Keller’s harsh past to the reader, Goldsworthy uses distinctively visual images through the characterisation of Keller and the description of Vienna and ‘The Swan’ which help the interpretation and...
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