2009 Question: Discuss the ways distinctively visual communicates distinctive experiences in Maestro and ONE other related text of your choosing.

Throughout Maestro, distinctively visuals communicate distinctive experiences. These distinctive experiences include sexual maturation, difference between appearance & reality, and coping with grief & loss.

Distinctively visual communicates distinctive experiences in Maestro such as Paul’s sexual maturation. The image of Megan’s “smooth bare shoulders” in the “afternoon light” “diffracting softly through the edges of that hair and around the downy edges of her skin” demonstrates Paul’s sense of sexual immaturity. His tone illuminates his desire for her “smooth bare shoulders”, portraying an immature Paul, who is unable differentiate lust and love. Afterwards in the novel, Paul eventually sleeps with Megan. It is at this point that Paul realises his error and desperately pedals to Rosie’s house due to his fright of losing Rosie. The image of him being “terrified that [he] might lose her” demonstrates how he has realised his love. Paul’s sexual maturation can be seen from the beginning of the novel. As the novel progressed, he became more and more matured and ended up having a family of his own at the end.

The difference between appearance & reality can be seen through the distinctive visuals throughout. The first impression of Keller’s “red glow of his face – a boozer’s incandescent glow” depicts him as a drunk. This metaphorical image of him with “pitted, sun-coarsened skin” and eyes as “an old man’s moist, wobbling jellies” further administers this implication. However, as the development of the Keller continues, he’s shatters this first impression. The reality is; he is a professional pianist, the Maestro. When Paul visited the Swan Hotel, he “stood transfixed at the door, overwhelmed, goose bumps rising”, shocked by Keller’s fantastic playing even though the “room was in darkness”. This image of Paul...