'Lady Feeding The Cats And The Viewer'

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The distinctively visual has been utilised by composers as a chief tool in order to visualize how images are created and interpreted. Images can also be used as a catalyst of drawing people within a composers’ views and thoughts. These images help shape our understanding of people and events throughout a variety of contexts and interpretations within their place in time. Gary Crew’s short story “The Viewer” and Douglas Stewart’s poems “Lady Feeding the Cats” and “The Snow-Gum” also share these qualities as they explore the various aspects of the development of humanity with the distinctively visual though their attitudes and perceptions or their respective context. ”The Viewer” highlights the issue of humanities naturally primitive nature. …show more content…
As such in “Lady Feeding the Cats” Stewart draws in the audience by helping them to envision the struggles of being homeless. The visual imagery “Shuffling along in her broken shoes from the slums” alludes to the sorry state the lady is in. This distinctive visual allows us to gain an understanding of the “daily” endeavors which causes us to sympathise with the protagonist. However, in juxtaposition to the previous quote “Proudly they step to meet her, they march together” establishes a new perception of the lady’s journey to the cats. The imagery composed through the uniform and organised “march” underlines the respect given to the lady whilst constructing the imagery of royalty. The state of being an indigent suggests to us their incompetence to adapt within our society. However the respect the cats have for the lady demonstrates the extent she is willing to go through in order to support who she can, displaying her dignity and integrity. These views become symbolic of the human weakness of dogmatism, where despite the intentions and goodwill of the lady to help the cats she is dismissed as an outcast through her image as being homeless. Ultimately, while events can be understood within one’s perceptions, it may limit our ability to appreciate ones’ actions through the distinctively …show more content…
While today we can rely on languages in order to share our opinions, the distinctively visual can still be utilised to give a stronger and more profound message to others. In Stewarts “The Snow-Gum” we encounter an ironic journey with a tree who wishes to become as perfect as its shadow. The extent of the Snow- Gum’s beauty is emulated through the visual imagery of “Where upon drift and icicle, Perfect lies its shadow” where the distinctive visual of the “perfect” shadow represents a reflection of the tree’s own beauty. However, the snow gum’s desire to become as perfect as its own shadow is illustrated through the simile “And the silver light like ecstasy, Flows where the green tree perfectly Curves to its perfect shadow”. The kinesthetic imagery established through the word “Flows” underlines the efforts the tree is going through to achieve perfection, where it illustrates the tree’s pursuit to achieve perfection. The Snow Gum is symbolic of the struggles individuals encounter when uncovering their ambitions. This illustrates the deteriorating influence individuals may have to others or themselves as they become increasingly more ambitious as underlined through the mental changes made by the tree. Thus, although we are able to communicate of ideas through

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