Mrs. Peregrine's Analysis

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Illustrations and Novels: Topic 3 Photographs can be very useful and powerful visual enhancers to any story, although they are mainly only used in children’s literature. Very rarely are visual aids found in adult literature, especially fiction literature. Drawings and pictures in children’s books are used to link together verbal descriptions and a visual perception of these things. Ransom Riggs’ use of the old photos after the description of certain characters does the same thing for adult readers; it links the written descriptions with actual visual representations. When a novel does not have pictures, the reader builds an image of the character in their mind with the aid of the author’s description; but when an author includes photographs the reader gets a more accurate image of what they are trying to explain to them in such detail. The use of visual aids included in this story can also change a reader’s perception not only of the story as a whole, but each individual character shown in the photos, and these aids also influence the mood of the story. Every reader will interpret what a character looks like differently, even though they are reading the same description, but some authors like to skip all of that confusion and just give the readers a picture of the characters so everyone is on the same page. When reading the description of Mrs. Peregrine, “It was just a women, a woman smoking a pipe. It looked like a Sherlock Holmes’s pipe, curved and drooping from her lips.” (Riggs 60) Before looking at the image itself, one may have imagined her completely differently. The understanding of what these viral characters resembled was a very important part in understanding their role as peculiar children in Mrs. Peregrine’s home and throughout the story and it also helps readers grasp the mood or tone of the novel more easily. The pictures helps readers grasp Jacob’s

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