Distinctly Visual: Shoe Horn Sonata & Supplementary Text

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The distinctly visual leads us to think about significant issues in our world. Do you agree? In your response make detailed reference to distinctly visual qualities of The Shoe-Horn Sonata and ONE other text of your choosing. Many composers use various techniques in which they communicate the distinctly visual. John Misto’s ‘The Shoe-Horn Sonata’ and Alexander Kimel’s ‘The Action in the Ghetto of Rohatyn, March 1942’ represent significant issues in our world by using various literary and dramatic techniques. Through using these techniques it is evident that the composers of these texts allow the audience to ‘see’ with our eyes as well as with our minds. The many literary and dramatic techniques have the ability to create a visual that…show more content…
In Act 1, Scene 1, Sheila and Bridie explain “Fifty voices set us free. Fifty voices and a shoe horn…” This orchestra created by Miss Dryburgh gave the women hope and by working together as a group they were able to forget the oppression of the camp, even if it was temporarily. Misto also uses symbolism to represent music. “But we sang our… so the camp would know that there was still music left.” During the darkest time in the war, the only thing they had left was music. This gave every prisoner a glimpse of hope; it was their way of expressing their escape from the war although it was momentarily. Misto uses the technique of motifs and symbolism for music to give the audience a clear visual that there is still hope when there is suffering in the world. ‘The Action in the Ghetto’ is a poem based on the perspective of a holocaust survivor. Kimel re-tells the horrors that he had survived during the holocaust. Kimel uses various literary techniques to create a visual for the audience to ‘see’ his experience. Kimel describes the visual of ‘the hunt’ as “the creation of hell.” He uses this metaphor to describe the soldiers and their true nature. Kimel then goes on describing the Nazi soldiers as “enjoying the hunt.” Kimel’s perception of the Nazi soldiers was that they found the hunt to be fun which provides insight into the

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