Shoe-Horn Sonata Essay

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The experience created through language establishes a uniquely graphic story that initiates a personal response to society. Thus, our and understandings of society can be enhanced and extracted through elements of distinctively visual. Many composers use various techniques to shape our individual perception and interpretation through the experiences and opinions of others. Through the hardship of war, sexism and the importance of relationships, this notion is depicted within John Misto’s play The Shoe-Horn Sonata and the related poetry Vergissmeinnict by Keith Douglas which demonstrates the hardships of war, Suburban Sonnet by Gwen Harwood which demonstrates sexism and South of My Days by Judith Wright. A common occurrence highlighted throughout the play and Douglas’ poetry is hardship of war, brought fourth by the distinctively visual; subsequently reflecting societies desire to come to terms with horrors inflicted upon humanity. Throughout the play calamitous imagery is clearly employed within the symbolism ‘‘toys floating in the water’’ and the personification, ‘‘roar of the sea’’. This depicts the confronting experiences of war conveyed by the distinctively visual. The symbolism of the chop-bone appends to the starvation the nurses endured, accumulating to the devastation of war. As the nurses suck on the chop bone, they ‘‘hold imaginary dinner parties’’ to relieve the stress of anguish and torture they endure. The hardship of war is not limited to drama texts, the poem Vergissmeinnicht encompasses vivid word choice ‘‘frowning’’, ‘‘weep’’, emotive imagery ‘‘lover and killer mingled and a reflective tone ‘‘three weeks gone’’ which allows the audience to distinctively visualise the empty battlefield and the hardship of war upon society. As the persona returns ‘‘over the nightmare ground’’, the reader is introduced to the

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