The Texture And Light And Shading

902 Words Aug 14th, 2015 4 Pages
A picture has much to say for those who look, and illustrations are no exceptions. Every time we open a book of fairy tales, there is always an illustration dominating at least a page within the text, as if to say “I 'm here! Look at me! Look at what I have to say about this story!” An illustration can give us details and clues that we may miss in the text, such as those concerning setting. The texture and light and shading can convey a mood or an emotion, lending its depth to the text. As Hallet and Karasek said in “Illustrations,” “there can be no question but that pictures add one more dimension to the various imaginative experiences of reading a tale, being read a tale, and being told a tale.” In short, an illustration, in context, is present to assist the reader 's imagination and to give more detail and depth to the story. Illustrations are useful tools within a text as they give it more depth and add details readers may not notice without it. As the text “Illustrations” states “the encounter between the text and the reader 's imagination is made more complex by the contribution of the illustrator” (Hallet and Karasek 139). Take, for example, Rumpelstiltskin by the Brothers Grimm. The illustration that accompanies this version depicts the meeting of Rumpelstiltskin and the miller 's daughter. Her father had lied to the king, claiming she possessed the talent to spin straw into gold. The king, wanting to test this, locked the miller 's daughter in a room filled…
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