Distinctively Visual

In what ways are people and their experiences brought to life through the distinctively visual?
Distinctively visual creates a range of images and visualisations to affect interpretation, influence perception and shape meaning in order to establish effective understanding of people and their experiences. Through the use of distinctively visual in a text, the composer is not only able to establish genuine characters but is also able to represent characters and their experiences to a realistic point of view, giving the impression that the character has been brought to life. The visual language and devices utilized throughout the short stories, ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’ written by Henry Lawson are explicit in portraying visual images to further create effects such as representing individuals and their experiences to a realistic point of view.

Through close analysis of ‘The Drovers Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’ it becomes highly evident that Henry Lawson’s perceptions of the Australian bush are extremely negative at best. Lawson expresses his perceptions effectively in ‘The Drovers Wife’, “bush all around-bush with no horizon, for the country is flat. No ranges in the distance” is utilized metaphorically to convey strong implications of isolation and separation from civilisation as well as having a literal sense to describe the harsh environment in which the ‘Drovers Wife’ resides. The opening lines depict the bush as being an unpleasant place as it is lonely and secluded, the main offender being the repetition of “no” and “nothing” which have been implemented in the absence of the positive connotations usually associated with home further emphasising negative aspects.

The unforgiving and harsh nature of the bush is reinforced through the symbolism of “stunted, rotten native apple-trees” and “waterless creek” and then once again with the personification of “sighing” ”she oaks”. This is achieved through the portrayal of even the native wild life...