Shoehorn Sonata

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Composers use a number of elements to convey their particular point of view. Those elements can be anecdotes, visual imagery and language techniques. The understanding of humanity and our capacity to destroy is represented through the distinctly visual. In the Shoehorn Sonata and Dulce Et Decorum Est the writers have invited the audience to examine societies role in acknowledging humane treatment and the importance of reflecting on suffering experienced.

The horror of the war experience is represented visually through the anecdotes. In Dulce Et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen) and in the Shoe-Horn Sonata (John Misto) the traumatic experience is recreated through the use of symbolism. John Misto positions us to consider the burden of Prisoner of war memories through the use of characters Bridie and Sheila. In Act one scene three Bridie publically states the memory of her ship ablaze and sinking, “some women started to leap from deck... those women who'd jumped were floating quite well – but all of them were dead.” this realisation of the Japanese not being the only threat beckoned on Bridie and caused shock and disbelief that the protective equipment was fatal in the time of desperate need. In Act one scene three Sheila publically announces the memory of her ship sinking. “it lay there like a wounded animal, spilling oil instead of blood” the descriptive imagery has impacted the audience to visualise the metaphor in association with death and loss of war.

The horror of the war experience is represented visually through the anecdotes. In the Shoe-Horn Sonata and Dulce Et Decorum Est the composers position the viewers notice symbolism and the distinctly visual elements of suffering. Wilfred Owen uses enjambment to present a reflection on the suffering and inhumane treatment of the men. He places the textual evidence of “the blood/ come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” this creates suspense and an intense tone of empathy and inhumane suffering. Owen also...
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