The Loaded Dog Analysis

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Henry Lawson creates powerful images by employing distinctive visual elements of the outback that enables the responder to feel the hardship of others in an unforgiving and harsh environment. The apparent use of visual detail and descriptions heighten the responder’s sensory engagement with the narrative. These distinctively visual images are evidently reinforced in the concept of mateship in Henry Lawson short stories “ The Loaded dog” and “ The Bush undertaker” which influences the responder to create a new perceptions of the world of others.

The effective use of distinctive visual images throughout the story “The Loaded dog” predominately portrays the idea of mateship, which allows the reader to visualise the character and the environment
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Tommy is seen as a significant symbol for a mateship and through the use of personification in “foolish-footed mate”, “red idiotic slobbering grin of appreciation of his own silliness” it personifies the dog tommy to be another member of the group. In addition, Tommy is an integral part of the group rather than a collection since the other member of the group considers him part of their circle of mates, which establishes a sense of unification. The effect of the personification reflects the concept of mateship and as Lawson draws the characters on a personal level, it influences responder’s interpretations of the Australian values of mateship. In spite of this, the hyperbole in “dynamic fishing” shows the experiences that the group is required to go through in order to survive in the harsh nature of making a living in the Australian bush. The effect of the hyperbole foreshadows the catastrophic events that are about to come, which allows the audience to create new perception of the chaotic world of others. Furthermore, the aspect of concepts of distinctive visual elements is evident through the use of olfactory imagery, which creates a vision of what the outback life is like. The harsh …show more content…
The old man lives alone with his dusty sheep dog and they demonstrate the tight bond of mateship, “four- legged mat”, as Lawson personifies the dog as a mate to the old man. The result of being alone makes the old man talk to himself and being in the Australian outback, his English lacks revealed in the dialogue, “ I likes to keep it just on the sizzle,” this highlights one of the struggles the old man has from being isolated. Furthermore, the old man has difficulties trying to remember a speech as a sign of respect, after burying the black fellow. This is highlighted through “ he was evidently trying to remember something that ought to be said”, which represents how the old man still knows how to be proper and formal and tries to do something that had supposed to be doing. He even knows the act of being respectful, “He removed his hat, place it carefully on the grass,” the emotive lexicon exemplifies consequently makes individuals acknowledge and visualise the respectful act that everyone else does suggesting the old man is no different to others. Lawson has created the struggles individuals face from being isolated with a man’s best friend through visual techniques influencing a responder perception of the of

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