Prescribed Text: The Shoe-Horn Sonata
Related Text: The Truman Show
The utilization of elements used by John Misto in The Shoe-Horn Sonata and Peter Weir in The Truman Show help the audiences create distinctive and effective visual images. The elements used are Projected Images, Symbolism, Use of Interviewers, Sense of truth / Overcoming adversity, and metaphors. Both texts are distinctly visual which means the elements are crucial in creating the images beyond the texts.
The composer of The Shoe Horn Sonata, John Misto, utilizes projected imagery in a way to create effective visual impacts that bring the audience to an understanding of the P.O.W camp. In Act One, Scene Five Misto uses a photograph of starving children, who are the innocent victims of war. These photographs are used to take the modern audience who weren’t there back to the times of the P.O.W camps and help them understand the nature and effects the camp had on the individuals. This creates distinctive visual impacts towards the audience or reader by letting the images stay on the screen whilst there is no acting, this helps the audience take in the full effect.
The director of The Truman Show, Peter Weir, uses metaphors to project images to the audience. The audience of the Truman show is confronted with the metaphor of media’s portrayal on reality television. The audience is forced to look at the modern television world that they are surrounded by and the way that the big companies twist news, reality shows, political affairs in to theatrical illusions. This makes the audience think about the society they live in and the way media portrays and exploits lives.
Setting various scenes in a T.V studio allows Misto to use the element of an interviewer. The interviewer allows Misto to convey a great deal of information in a way