Essay – ‘Maestro’ and ‘The Lovely Bones’
Through the use of various techniques and features, composers are able to create images that are distinctively visual and become significantly memorable to their audience. These images are creatively used by composers to communicate significant ideas and thematic concerns more profoundly in their texts. Peter Goldsworthy’s novel ‘Maestro’, and Alice Sebold’s fictional novel ‘The Lovely Bones’, are examples of how composers communicate their purposefully created images to address the significant ideas of their texts.
Goldsworthy’s fictional novel ‘Maestro’ relies heavily on various language techniques to create his profound images of Paul Crabbe’s life as he matures throughout the novel. Metaphor and literal description are the techniques that Goldsworthy uses to create distinctively visual images of characters, as well as to describe the memories Paul has, especially of Darwin and his unforgettable Piano teacher Eduard Keller. Memory is a significant idea of Goldsworthy’s novel that he communicates firstly by depicting Keller from the perspective of Paul as a teenager. Paul describes Keller’s features both literally and metaphorical. “Unforgettable: the red glow of his face – a boozer’s incandescent glow. The pitted sun coarsened skin - a cheap ruined leather” shows how Paul depicts him as only a washed up alcoholic, but however, earlier in the novel Paul describes how first impression are “misleading, of course”
Memory is also a significant idea used in Alice Sebold’s compelling novel ‘The Lovely Bones’ and also shows the reader that first impressions are entirely misleading, as in ‘Maestro’.
In the beginning of the novel, Sebold uses literal description to describe the cornfield in which the protagonist Susie Salmon sees the man which will inevitably be her killer. The book being written from Susie’s perspective, she describes her first impression of him as “slightly odd” and stated “but it didn’t account for the...