Visual Text

Topics: Child abuse, Abuse, Physical abuse Pages: 3 (1215 words) Published: April 30, 2013
Visual Text #2 Final Draft

It Should Not Hurt to be a Child
In the 13th century, an English law stated, “If one beats a child until bleeds, it will remember, but if one beats it to death, the law applies” (Albrecht Peiper, Chronik der Kinderheilkunde, Leipzig, Germany: Georg Theime, 1966). Over the decades and centuries, the rate of child abuse in the United States from birth to three is 16.4 per 1,000 children. Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment of children and it is one of the most leading causes of death from birth to three years of age. In creating a visual text, on any subject, the illustrator can use a couple of elements that can set a certain mood or feeling. The elements include anything from certain objects in the picture to the color or shading used. In a picture focusing on the rate of Child abuse in the United States, there are a number of details that lead to the viewer’s ability to draw several conclusions. I am going to use imagery, the shading and darkness, and the benefits of having a realistic scene or environment as a means for analyzing the message that the picture sends to its viewer. The first characteristic of this picture is the highlighting of certain figures or imagery. The most important highlighted figures are the baby’s hand and wrist, which appears to have taken up most of the picture. His/her hand and wrist is pale, reddish and dirty looking, which could have been caused by some form of abuse. This immediately draws everybody attention’s to the baby’s hand and wrist, which is the main subject of this picture. The hand is drawn to look as if it is halfway balled up with many bruises. And the wrist appears to look like the adult, or whoever, had a good grip on his or her wrist. Children who are physically abused are likely to receive bone fractures, particularly rib fracture and may have a higher risk of developing cancer. Children who experience child abuse...
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