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.
English essay – shoe horn sonata, distinctively visual. Important issues in the world can be brought to mind by engaging visual images. There are many examples of this present in John Misto’s play the shoehorn sonata and also Siegfried Sassoon’s poem suicide in the trenches. Shoe horn sonata was written as a tribute to inform its audience of the little known history of the forgotten prisoners of World War II, focusing on British and Australian nurses, he uses two main characters Bridie and Sheila who tell their experiences from the war. Misto does this in a humorous and often confronting manner.
Thomas’ connection to who he is cut off when Blue Elk burns down his lodge, when Thomas rides broncos to death, and when Thomas tracks and plans on killing the grizzly bear. Peace and freedom only come to Tom when he has a spiritual experience which reveals truth to him.
The shoe-horn sonata Good morning, I am here to discuss the play "The Shoe-Horn Sonata" by John Misto in relation to the use of visual elements used, plus two themes. The Shoe-horn Sonata is concerned with the incarceration of two women held captive in a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camp. Misto uses the play to demonstrate the devastation of war and the human spirit and will to survive. Such themes are shown to the audience through the use of visual elements such as music, projected photographs, lighting effect. My first theme is power.
Bridie uses it to save Sheila from drowning after their ships, the Vyner Brooke and the Giang Bee, have been bombed by the Japanese. It contributes to the theme of Bridie and Sheila’s long and hard struggle to survive – first in the South China Sea, then during the camp. For the atrocity of war, the audience get a first-hand look at the relentlessness of the Japanese. This is highlighted when they bomb the ships that Bridie and Sheila are on, even though there were only women and children on board. When the Japanese shone the searchlight on those on board the Giang Bee, Sheila describes the intensity of the searchlight as “the strong, hard beams hit us square in the face”, and the women and children on board as “standing ghostly white on the deck”.
This concept has been achieved through the employment of both visual and language techniques. John Misto clearly shows the concept of how the reminiscence of war times are a way of living out the experience. Memories of starvation and cruelty are brought to life through projected images on stage of malnourished women who are extremely haggard and emaciated. This reinforces the forced starvation that was subjected to Bridie and Shelia during their time at the prisoner of war camp. This notion is further emphasised through the use of jargon in the lines, “The Japs used to weigh us, to see how thin our bodies could get before we started dying”.
Texts which are considered distinctively visual tend to move, cause reflection and to shock the audience. The play Shoe- horn Sonata and the image of Napalm Girl convey the Horrors of War, Resilience of Women and the Importance of Friendship. These ideas are brought to life by the dramatic techniques employed by John Misto in his play and the Journalist that took the image Nick Ut. The use of dialogue, stage directions, projected images music and imagery techniques all help to engage the ideas and make them indeed distinctive. Distinctively visual texts influences the audiences understanding of people and events within the play Shoe – Horn Sonata which conveys to the audience the horrors of war through the use of dialogue and sound effects
The book recounts the nightmare that Joe Simpson and Simon Yates experienced when they climbed the not-yet-conquered West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. After reaching the summit on the 3rd day, Joe breaks his leg on a nasty fall as they start their descent down the mountain. For all sakes and purposes, a broken leg at 6,000 meters is a death sentence. In a forced fit of compassion, his climbing partner Simon decides to lower Joe down the vertical face of the mountain. During the vertical descent, due to extenuating circumstances (to put it lightly) Simon is forced to cut the rope holding Joe, letting him drop more than 100 feet into a white cloud of mist and snow.
Distinctively visual Question: how composers use distinctively visual techniques to create meaning in texts. Distinctively visual technique holds great ability to convey powerful message through the text to the responders. This is evident in the play “shoehorn sonata” as its composer John Misto explores the horror of war and the importance of friendship during the invasion of Singapore in 1942. Similarly Nick Ut’s photograph “The Napalm Girl” illustrates the brutality of human conflict in the Vietnam War as well as the innocent civilian that is mercilessly treated. Both texts demonstrates the atrocity that war brings using visual techniques although they rely on different ways to convey their message.