1 Darling Street
Dubbo NSW 2830

4th March 2010

The English department
St Johns College
Sheraton Road
Dubbo NSW 2830

To the English Department,
I am writing to you regarding the importance students understanding themes through the appreciation of distinctively visual imagery.   Stage 6, HSC students are currently studying Peter Goldsworthy’s ‘Maestro’ which compliments the theme of distinctively visual.   To enrich this understanding, may I suggest two related texts; ‘Fox in a Treestump’ by Judith Beveridge and Colin Thiele’s novel ‘Storm Boy’.   These texts offer experience through language and expose students to a variety of language techniques.   The visual imagery explores the loss of innocence, growth and the setting reflects important events in the lives of the characters.   The distinctively visual presented in these texts allow students a greater appreciation of the themes within these works.

One of the important themes explored in Maestro through distinctively visual is growth.   Goldsworthy develops the growth in Paul’s character through the recurring imagery of the hands.   From the very first music lesson Keller begins to develop growth within Paul.   Goldsworthy utilises personification how Keller needs Paul to understand the basics of Piano in order to improve and grow as a musician.   Keller wants to take Paul back to the fundamental steps in music, learning the role of each finger, each hand, and how this is essential to play well.   “This finger is selfish.   Greedy…   Those are the pupils and this is the teacher.   The elbow…”   In Paul’s arrogance he sees this as pointless.   Throughout the novel Paul grows to appreciate Keller’s teachings and his knowledge.   Goldsworthy again draws on the image of hands, Keller’s hands.   “Here a miracle occurred: the first of many miracles, or sleights of hand; that I was to witness in this presence.   Somehow that tiny, maimed claw released an effortless, ripping run of tenths.”   After this Paul is astounded...