The Shoe Horn Sonata Analysis

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Distinctively Visual The play ‘The Shoe Horn Sonata’ by John Misto, the drawing and poem ‘From the Shadows’ by Grame Base, and the documentary ‘Touching the Void’ by Kevin Macdonald, explore the challenging aspects of life using dialogue, sound, stage directions and other distinctively visual elements. The Shoe Horn Sonata by John Misto is about two women, Bridie and Sheila, and their traumatic ordeal of being imprisoned in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. John Misto uses a range of distinctively visual elements to create a variety of mental images in the audiences’ minds. Through the use of description and other language techniques, dialogue creates images of devastation and disaster. The trauma and brutality of the sinking ship is evocatively captured in Sheila’s description of the Giang Bee. “The whole of the ship rose up from the water – then crashed on its side. It lay there like a wounded animal, spitting oil instead of…show more content…
However, Base’s second part of the poem and a focus on the green leaf conveys, and visually creates, hope for regeneration. “The veil will fall…. The streams once more will flow… new life will surely grow”. The use of repetition of the word ‘will’, accompanied by the green leaf, creates an image of regeneration. Kevin MacDonald’s documentary ‘Touching the Void’ also explores the physical and psychological impacts of overcoming adversity. Touching the Void is about a mountain climber who is shattered with danger when he falls into a crevasse while climbing a mountain in Peru. One moment which reveals the psychological struggle of the main character Joe is the image of him frozen still with his head bowed down submissively in the crevasse. The mid-shot accompanied by nothing but the ambient sounds of ice emphasises his loneliness and creates an image of defeat and acceptance of

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