Elective 2 – Distinctively Visual Essay
Question: In what ways are people and their experiences brought to life through the distinctively visual? In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least one other related text of your own choosing.
Composers use language techniques as a tool to paint distinctively visual images that shape the meaning of texts in order to bring people and their experiences to life. Author Henry Lawson and poet Dorethea Mackellar demonstrate how ... are used to ... Henry Lawson’s, ‘The Drover’s Wife’ explores the difficulties of carving a living out of the bush, neither romanticising or idealising it. Whereas his short story ‘Joe Wilsons Courtship’ and Mackellar’s poem ‘My Country,’ presents the notion that the country is both nourishing and beautiful. Both composers use distinctively visual techniques such as repetition, yarns, first person, flashbacks and rhyme to convey their purposes.
‘The Drovers Wife’ is a tale of an unnamed woman, a drover’s wife, who is alone and “nineteen miles away from the nearest sign of civilisation.” She is with her children when the family encounters a snake. She proceeds to stay up all night and wait for the snake to emerge, while she reminisces about her heroic experiences of triumph whilst battling the hardships of the bush. Lawson’s main purpose in the drover’s wife is to inform the audience about typical Australian bush people and their unique characteristics which enable them to survive in the outback alone. Techniques such as repetition complement Lawson’s view of women, in particular Lawson’s own feminist mother, as they emphasise his representation of the strong, independent female inhabitants of the harsh and unforgiving Australian outback. Repetition of the word alone is intertwined throughout the entire story such as in the lines, “she is used to being left alone,” and “This bush woman is used to the loneliness of it.” This highlights the idea of isolation and...