2010 HSC Essay Question Compare the ways the distinctively visual is created in Lawson’s short stories and one other related text of your own choosing. In your answer, make detailed references to at least two short stories set for study. Composers in everyday situations use distinctively visuals through the use of elaborate techniques and complex word choice. These visuals are vivid and very clear; so it helps the responder visualise the text and therefore relate to the texts and also deepen their understanding of the short stories.
Two short stories composed by ‘Henry Lawson’ that use techniques and word choice to portray distinctively visuals are ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In A Dry Season’, these two texts are strongly opposite to the visual ‘The English Countryside’ by an unknown composer. Both ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In A Dry Season’ use distinctive visuals to deepen the responders understanding of place; the situation of the story, where the stories are set. People; the characters of the story and how they evolve throughout. Ideas; the message that the composer is trying to get across to his intended audience. Henry Lawson’ creates images of isolation, stoicism and the struggles for survival in the harsh rural Australian outback in his two well known short stories ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In A Dry Season’. In contrast, the visual, ‘The English Countryside’ creates images of tranquillity, serenity and freedom through the composer’s use of colours, brush strokes and positioning. Distinctive visual have been created in ‘The Drover’s Wife’ through the composers use of sibilance and accumulation to create a sense of isolation. “The two-roomed house is built from round timber, slabs, and stringy-bark, and floored with split slabs. This quote is used to allow the responder to visualise the pre-federation rudimentary home and not only how isolated it is from society but also how isolated it is from modern day housing. “Nineteen miles to the nearest sign of civilization” this quote has been used by the composer to allow the responder to distinctively visualise how segregated this house is from civilization. Similarly isolation has been created in ‘Lawson’s’ other well known short story, ‘In A Dry Season’ through his use of complex word choice. “Draw a wire fence and a few ragged gums, and… he New South Wales western line from Bathurst on. ” In this quote the assertive verb, ‘DRAW’, has been used to immediately invite the responder to clearly visualise an image of the western train line from Bathurst onwards. Also the high modality word, ‘RAGGED’, to again allow the responder to clearly visualise the isolation of the Bathurst community in pre-federation time. This is how ‘Lawson’ has used distinctive visuals to distinctively show how the isolation is presented in his two well know stories of ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In A Dry Season’.
The distinct visual of Stoicism is created in ‘The Drover’s Wife’ through ‘Lawson’s’ use of word choice and third person narration. “She makes a bed on the kitchen table for the children and sits down beside it to watch all night. This was after the household was attacked by a snake, which threatened her children, but before the mother could kill the snake it had made a retreat under the house. ‘Lawson’ has used third person narration in this quote to help the responder clearly visualise the stoicism and tenacity of the ‘Drover’s Wife’ and how she is like a lioness protecting her cubs when they are in danger.
This is how ‘Henry Lawson’ has used third person narration and word choice to create the tenacity and stoicism throughout this short story. ‘Henry Lawson’ has used symbolism and simple sentences to portray the distinctive visuals of the struggles for survival in the harsh rural Australian outback in ‘The Drover’s Wife’. “Bush all round-bush with no horizon, for the country is flat. No ranges in the distance… a few she-oaks which are sighing above the narrow, almost waterless creek. The simple sentence in this quote is “No ranges in the distance. ” This helps the responder distinctively visualise the rural setting of the story; the “she-oaks” are symbolic in this quote, as they represent “The Drover’s Wife” and that they both are determined to get through the struggles that have been evident throughout the story and survive the harsh Australian outback. Similarly ‘Lawson’ has portrayed the struggles to survive in the harsh rural Australian outback in ‘In A Dry Season’ through the use of word choice and various techniques. Here a quiet-looking bushman in a corner of the carriage grew restless, and presently the open his mouth and took the liar down in about three minutes. ” In this quote ‘Lawson’ has used this “quiet-looking bushman” to represent the struggles to survive in pre-federation rural Australian outback. This is how ‘Henry Lawson’ has portrayed the struggle to survive in the harsh rural Australian outback in his two well known short stories, ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In A Dry Season’. The visual ‘The English Countryside’ has portrayed tranquillity through the use of positioning.
Tranquillity is the quality of calm experienced in places with mainly natural features and activities, free from disturbance from man-made areas. The tranquillity can be seen through the lack of man-made attributes, and vast natural qualities such as green trees and vivid blue sky. The stand alone house in the centre of the visual is the only man-made object, but other that this natural features overpowers this house due to the size of these features. This is how the unknown composer has been able to portray tranquillity throughout the positioning of this visual.
The unknown composer of, The English Countryside, has used a variety of colours and brushstrokes to create a sense of serenity amongst the minds of the responder. Serenity is the peace and quietness of a certain place, which is free from mental stress and absence of anxiety; which is what is evident throughout this visual of ‘The English Countryside’. The colours that have been used in this visual to create a distinct visual in the responders mind are the vast range of blues in the sky and the vivid greens of the grass and trees.
The vast blues in the sky are symbolic of freedom and this also creates a sense of serenity within this visual. The brushstrokes that have been used in this visual is a messy brush stroke with no real sense of direction, this creates a visual of a fluffy landscape, which make this visual out to not be a real English Countryside but something more from a dream. This is how this composer has created a distinct visual in the minds of the responder. The composer of the visual ‘The English Countryside’ has used symbolism to create a sense of freedom.
Freedom is a person’s inner strength to act or speak or think in any way without any externally imposed restraints. The freedom is symbolised through the birds evident through this visual. The birds are present in the top left corner of the visual; birds in general are a symbolic creature which symbolises freedom. The birds are also creating a distinctive visual in the minds of the responder, which helps them clearly visualise the freedom evident through the visual.
Distinct visuals have been created in the minds of the responders through ‘Henry Lawson’s’ two well known short stories, ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In A Dry Season’; these visuals of isolation, stoicism and the struggle to survive in the harsh rural Australian outback through ‘Lawson’s’ use of sibilance, pathetic fallacy, symbolism, third person narration and also complex word choice. In contrast the composer of the visual ‘The English Countryside’ has used vivid colours, brushstrokes, positioning and also symbolism to create the distinct visuals of tranquillity, serenity and freedom in this text.