Maestro Distinctively Visual

1038 Words5 Pages
How has the distinctively visual been used in Maestro and one related text to explore themes and ideas? Through an analysis of Maestro, (1989) a novel written by Peter Goldsworthy, and an analysis of the film The Boy in Striped Pyjamas (2008) directed by Mike Herman, it is evident that the composers of these texts allow the audience to understand human experiences that alter childhood innocence and escapism through both mental and visual aspects. Childhood innocence is only lost after suffering, which in turn, allows for maturity. Paul’s pathway to maturity is described through a series of experiences, particularly with an old Viennese music teacher, Eduard Keller, or the ‘Maestro’. The use of reflective narrator in “my youthful arrogance… of course he sounded better: he had the better piano” allows Paul to make judgments on himself and conveys to us his transformation from a spoiled, self-indulged adolescent, to a more compassionate and knowledgeable adult. He realises, through his own suffering and Keller’s influence, that his talents are not good enough to earn him a career as a concert pianist “I should have travelled North but I travelled east instead…” This is distinctively visual as it allows the audience to connect with the characters and the journeys they go on to change from a self -indulged child to a more mature adult. During Paul’s childhood there are many defining moments which depict the direction in which his childhood will go. One transitional stage is when they go back down to Adelaide over Christmas. There is a distinct lack of interest in Adelaide and while “the City” seemed “a far off magical place” as a child it no longer has that effect. He is more interested in Keller’s gift and in his past. When in the library after finding that Keller’s wife had been gassed by the Nazis he is more interested in the couple having sex. This instance
Open Document