Figurative Language In Vertigo

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INTRODUCTION Descriptive and figurative language is a way for an author to express and bring their characters’ life and experiences to life. Descriptive language is used to create images that appeal to the reader’s senses. Helping the reader to get a clear picture of how the subject looks, feels, smell or taste. In Vertigo, Amanda Lohrey uses descriptive language to bring the characters to life. She uses this to layer the emotions as they lead up to the climax. Figurative language helps boosts the creativity of the reader. Lohrey has used figurative language to help make a situation or experience more relatable and understandable. ANNA & LUKE’S CHANGE TO THE COUNTRY -Lohrey effectively uses a number of techniques to describe people’s…show more content…
Jack, the son and main character of the film, is living in an 11-by-11 box of a living space. It has a small skylight that allows some of the nature to shine through. The room was created by Ma, the mother, to keep Jack safe and with here at all times. Ma took care of Jack and turned him into a bright, energetic, healthy bundle of happiness. Much like the boy in Vertigo, Jack is Ma’s anchor and her reason to carry on. The escape scene is a prime example of Jack leaving the room and exploring the outside world. Jack’s first glimpse of the outside world is a forest; the diegetic sounds informs us that the only thing within earshot is nature. The blurry vision as Jack looks up symbolises a sense of uncertainty about the decision he’s made. The colours of the world are sombre and dark. Jack’s fist real glance at the world bright, he sees the sky and trees and almost gets lost in its beauty. The contrast of colour choice between the room and the world is significant and obvious, this excites the viewer as it shows that he is free and a new chapter in his life is about to begin. Abrahamson shows the awestruck expression on Jack’s face by use a bird’s eye view of the boy, this is effective because we see a slight fear but excitement in his eyes. The camera angles are a useful better perspective on his view on the world. While Jack is running the camera man slows down into slow motion and we see Jack is terrified of…show more content…
The boy is never named but is clearly a big impact on Anna’s life more so than Luke’s. The boy comes and goes as he pleases. On the journey to find a new place it is “to their great delight, on each of these journeys, the boy chose to accompany them. (pg.10). From the series of vivid images that Lohrey uses to describe the boy, it is clear that she is trying to bring to life the imagined relationship between Anna, Luke and their deceased son. This is a form of loss but also confuses the reader a little as the boy is, in fact, a figment of their shared, as well as individual, imagination. The boy often appears, positive and playful and real. Often the boy appears to play alongside them, whirling around in the dust or darting mischievously among the weed piles and throwing clumps of weed into the air.” (pg. 24) showing that the boy still has his playful nature. The boy’s playful personality contrasts all the destruction and hurts the bushfire has caused Anna and Luke at the current time. As the book goes on Lohrey uses descriptive language to portray that anxiety of Anna when the boy is not around. A tone of awareness forms from the imagined relationship as we realise that it was not last forever. This is presented to the reader as a metaphor as well as figurative language. “Since she returned from the city he eludes her; she sees him nowhere, and this making her unhinged…Something is dying, something is leeching
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