Language is an amazing resource; a powerful tool that if used well can create a piece of work that is truly magnificent. A composer will use this powerful device to communicate their thoughts, feelings through a range of different language media including cartoons, speeches, plays, books, novels and paintings. Powerful language depends on various language techniques to piece together a powerful piece of text and reach out to their desired audience, encouraging them to interpret the texts as intended and hopefully empathize with their opinions and ideas. These texts can be presented in two different ways – written texts which have to be read by an audience or visual texts which can be interpreted directly by viewing and are usually presented in illustrative form.
In this essay, I will discuss the techniques used by composers of various texts to successfully achieve their main purpose. The texts I will discuss include a political cartoon, political speech, and tragic drama play of the 1600’s. The techniques used in each of these will be compared to see how techniques are different in different forms of text.
The political cartoon which shall be discussed illustrates Barack Obama in his first day of office trying to implement all the seemingly impossible tasks which he is somehow expected to overcome.
First the use of irony in the political cartoon and play shall be discussed. The political cartoon illustrates Barack Obama in his first day of office trying to implement all the seemingly impossible tasks which he is somehow expected to overcome. Obama is symbolized as Jesus in that he is walking on water, representing a “god-like” being that is “our savior” and expected to come up with a solution to all our problems. The irony is that his assistant (who is wading in the water looking very small and vulnerable next to Obama and his tall stature) is reading out Obama’s morning schedule, which consists of massive tasks which should be taking months – maybe even...