Module a: Shoe-Horn Sonata

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Distinctively visual techniques are fundamental in the transmission of stimulating ideas between composers and responders of their texts. They are able to communicate the distinctive experiences within their texts that affect the responder and their relationships with others and the world. In the context of WW2, John Misto’s play The Shoe Horn Sonata conveys the experiences of the suffering of the female prisoners of war. It is Misto’s intention to portray the oppression the women suffered and highlight the power of art in their journey to hope and purpose. These ideas are also explored through Gary Ross’ film, Pleasantville as the protagonists fight against oppression of society’s expectations and the power of art as a way of escaping this and finding a purpose and a sense of hope. The distinctive experiences of the female prisoners of war within the oppressive confinement of a Japanese war camp are explored through Misto’s use of mixed media to visually stimulate the audience. He recreates historically accurate images of the women confined in the camps to startle the audience and make the horrific experiences these women endured realistic for the audience. The projected images of the emaciated, impoverished women POW’s on dirty beds highlight the women’s oppressive confinement at the hands of the Japanese, “They are in a shocking state... now skin and bone”. Thus forcing the audience to acknowledge the horrific conditions the women faced. Therefore further highlighting the hardships faced by these women POW’s. The creation of these images forces the audience to attempt to understand the conditions faced by the women due to the oppression forced upon them. The use of the dialogue, “You don’t know what Christmas is line in a camp. Hungry women-dirty rice. Rumbling stomachs…” helps create a distinctively visual image for the audience about the conditions of the
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