Selflessness

  1. The Wolf- Eddie Vedder (Into the Wild Soundtrack)
  2. Hard Road- Sam Roberts Band (We Were Born in a Flame)
  3.  Society Eddie Vedder (Into the Wild Soundtrack)

 

 

Eddie Vedder’s, “Society” talks about leaving society and wanting nothing more than to break free from its restraints to once again be free. Relating to the captives in Deadman’s Island being released from captivity and the heroic young men breaking through the, “fortifying circle of canoes, and step[ping] ashore (Johnson 122).” The purpose of Eddie Vedders, “The Wolf” in the playlist is to show the strength of a wolf’s howl portrayed by a human. Thus passing along the spiritual powers given to the animal to a human in order to conquer other tribes. Having a wolf as a figure of power allows the young men to find inner strenght and courage in order to preform selfless acts for others.

“And there’s no desert sun that is hot enough to feed your fire
We shipwreck like fools only to become the ocean’s choir
And the sun dies until it’s reborn
But there’s no road that ain’t a hard road to travel on”

Sam Roberts Band song above describes the hardship that the young men in Deadman’s Island went through putting others in front of themselves as they knew as long as they persevered their battle was worth fighting for. Finding strength and courage through their losses and selflessness, coming back stronger and fueling their determination they could conquer.

3 Lines: Hundreds of Lives

Transforming Felix Feneon’s, “Three-lined Novels” artist Joanna Neborosky captures the best of these enticing short stories in stunning illustrations and collages. Sometimes profound, and often perplexing, these visual snapshots of historical micro-narratives offer a bizarre and inside perspective into the mind of Feneon and the world around him. Alike the micro-narratives Neborosky’s images are up for interpretation, transforming Feneon’s stories even further. Thus allowing for the viewer to project their inner thoughts onto the pieces of artwork. Relating the artwork to ones self allows for a deeper understanding of the pieces, pulling out meanings the author could have never imagined. Neborosky’s and FenEon’s work flows together seamlessly, creating new ways of representing the world and experimental writing through absurd comic tragedies.

The Witch Woman

Ancient legend tells of an evil witch woman that spread misery across the lower mainland. “This condemned soul once animated the body of a witch-woman, who went up and down the coast, over seas and far inland, casting her evil eye on innocent people, and bringing them untold evils and diseases (Johnson 141).” Bringing death to her would not halt her evil ways, for death would release her spirit to wander the land. The only alternative was to trap her spirit within stone in the middle of the forest.  Doing so would limit the range of her evil deeds.  The stone is said to exist today and can be identified by ugly pock marks etched into the rock like acid stains. As the legend goes, those who wander to close to the stone become lured in losing their way in the forest. Each mark is representative of an act of black magic performed by the evil witch woman. “Nothing in this, nor yet the next world, would tempt a Coast Indian into the compact centres of the wild portions of the park (Johnson 140).” To keep the tourists and those unaware of the legend away from the evil spirit, the Gods brought together the kindest entities in the land. Transforming them into trees.  Much like evil is transformed into ugliness, the good spirits were transformed into giants of beauty.  As humans are innately lured to beauty, the trees were considered protectors.

Johnson, Pauline. “The lure in Stanley Park.” Legends of Vancouver. England: Hazel, Wtson and Viney, LD.

Lust

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Through using a secondary medium such as a mood board you are able to portray emotions and meanings hidden between the lines of the story that otherwise would not be highlighted. The desired overall feel of the mood board is one of uncertainty and unease with the collective images grouped together to form a dark eerie theme. While alone the images may seem meaningless, together they connect the dots to the horrid ending in the twisted love story. By looking at the mood board my intent is for the reader to be able to piece together what takes place in the story without having to read it. This allows the reader to use the board as a visual representation, also containing the implied ending that they may build upon. The images of a stalker, alcohol and gravestones add together to tell the story of a toxic one-sided relationship that turns into one of lust and an unhealthy obsession. Although only implied in the story, by looking at the mood board the reader is able to decipher the murder that happened at the canal. By leaving the ending ominous it allows the reader to build upon the ending and be creative with the details of the murder that took place.

 

Ominous Signs and Symbols

Signs and Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov is a short story centering on the severe mental debility of a young man and on the struggle of his elderly parents to cope with it. Ominous signs and symbols confront not only the son in his world but also the mother and father in their world. Examples I used in my Pinterest are the photos of empty subways to represent it losing “its life current,” the report that their son has attempted suicide is represented by quotes about suicide and police reports. A dying bird in a puddle, the girl crying on the shoulder of a woman, and photographs of Nazi’s all tie in to create the solemn feel of the story. These photos allow for the story to come alive, showing the truly dark imagery that Nabokov intended for his audience to experience. Flags signifying their search for change represent the family’s journey from Russian to America. The telephones represent the irony that is that they cannot communicate with their son, and he cannot communicate with anyone. All of the photos together foreshadow the bad news at the end of the story and the possibility that the third telephone call will report that the son has succeeded in killing himself.

An Unfortunate Reunion

img_2738img_2738My intent on using a post card to display John Cheever’s, “The Reunion” was to allow my audience an inside perspective on the true feelings of Charlie as he begins to get to know his father again for the last time. At the beginning of the post card we can see that Charlie is genuinely excited to see his father that he hasn’t seen in ages. Even hoping he would run into someone who would see the two of them together showing truly how much he looks up to and idolizes his father. Once Charlie begins to know his father better his pristine image of him is shattered. Leaving nothing but a feeling of disappointment behind that his father is nothing but an entitled alcoholic. The post card is a way to show vulnerability in Charlie as he reaches out to his mother, giving the character more human characteristics that can be easily related to those who have also been let down in life before.

Lamb to the Slaughter; Satire for Beginners

Although part of the curriculum, Roald Dahl’s; “Lamb to Slaughter” does not per say fall into the digital media category. Ronald’s story is presented as a printed short story; one that does not break boundaries or create new innovative ways of formatting. The short story merely follows the classic dramatic five-part structure. Displaying a perfect flow between the conflict, rising action and climax. This allows for readers of any age and prior background knowledge of technology to easily follow along the story with ease. Opposed to a new aged story using a blog or digital format, which can muddle the true meaning of the story. Ronald’s use of a classic format reflects on the essence of his story. Although presented as a classic story with stereotypical characters such as the relationship between the stay at home wife and the husband with aggressive tendencies, the story is nothing but. Alike the characters, at first glance the story fits into the typical cookie cutter stereotype portraying nothing but a story of marital struggles. Looking deeper into the story, unexpected twists begin to appear. Taking place using calculated satire’s to foreshadow violent events that are yet to happen.

Ronald’s story holds a higher quality of writing as he frequently uses tools such as suspense, motif, and foreshadowing. The use of suspense is what separates “Lamb to the Slaughter” from other stories as it holds the ability to keep the reader engaged with the unexpected villainous of the main character. The shock value he creates by initially portraying the wife as feeble draws the readers back to re-analyse the story over and over to watch for the moment when the seemingly innocent wife changes into an emotionless killer. The nod to the frozen lamb leg in the beginning foreshadows to the twisted future. The decision to have the detectives be fed the murder weapon is pure comical satire using dark humour to engage the readers. The satirical elements elevate the storyline allowing for a hidden extra message that can be picked up by the older audiences. The dark humour makes light of the taboo situation that is murder and allows for it to be interpreted in a non-serious manner.

Although full of literary tools Ronald’s story is written in a simpler level of English, steering clear of words unknown to readers and those without a dictionary at hand. This allows for the story to be related to and enjoyed years later as the meaning still remains the same. The choice to keep the story easily understood allows for a vast appreciation across all spectrums of people and may be the reason it is viewed as a literary classic with a dark twist. Indulging in “Lamb to the Slaughter” is a must for all who yearn for a classic relatable to today’s society and creates a flawless masterpiece of satire and wit.

“Lamb to the Slaughter–Roald Dahl (1916-1990).” Lamb to the Slaughter–Roald Dahl (1916-1990). N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.