Into the World

Topics: Short story, Dorothea Mackellar, The Reader Pages: 4 (1469 words) Published: August 18, 2009
English essay by sarah

Good morning/afternoon to all you HSC students. You are here to listen in on a forum on experiencing through language, distinctively visual and how it can be expressed through language to shape meaning and influence the responder by using the short stories of Henry Lawson, “The Drover’s Wife” and “In a Dry Season” and the famous Australian poem, “My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar.

Henry Lawson is known as the ‘voice of the bush’ and is well known for his high standard of writing literacy craftsmanship and how he brings the reader to visualise the story. This is evident in ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’. ‘The Drover’s Wife’ proceeds with a light but strong vivid description of the setting and the characters. Lawson introduces the reader to visualise the sparse and repetitive landscape by referring the setting to a ‘everlasting, maddening sameness’. The viewer vividly visualises the setting with the help of vivid descriptive words placed deliberately by Lawson to emphasise the story. Lawson emphasises the ’near waterless creek’ with ‘nothing to relieve the eye’. The reader can visualise the uncongenial landscape and the hardships in which must take place in order to live there, this allows the story to open up and introduce the characters in which are as harsh as the environment they live in.

Lawson not only allows the reader to visualise the surroundings but focuses on the characters. The drover’s wife is the main character in which Lawson concentrates most of the story on. The reader visualises the drover’s wife as a ‘harsh’ woman, however Lawson deliberately doesn’t give the drover’s wife a name in which generalises all the women living in the bush. Qualities are realistically set against actions of vulnerability and emotional weakness, humanising her as someone who, though resourceful and determined, has also felt lonely, frightened and defeated at various stages in her life. Her personal story becomes a metaphorical...
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