Shaun Tan The Red Tree Analysis

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The interactions we have with one another and the way in which we perceive the world have great impacts on and reflect our self-worth. When encountering people it can be difficult to allow them into our world and to have them understand us on a deeper and emotional level and in many instances relationships may be of more impeding than supporting. Author of the sophisticated and compelling picture book, ‘The Red Tree,’ Shaun Tan creates a powerful and engaging tale, articulating many valuable and meaningful messages. Through the language features and ideas represented it is established that although an individual may experience profound feelings of sadness and depression caused by loneliness, they hold the potential to transition of a new way…show more content…
‘The world is a deaf machine’ this metaphor conveys her discrepancy of having limited human interaction and feelings of not being understood by the world, as it shows that everyone around you just keeps working and moving, regardless of events happening around them, or the struggles others are facing in their lives. Her negative emotions are further expressed by the image of her being caught up in a dangerous storm. The storm is a metaphor for her feelings of being so inundated with her problems and feelings that she’s being washed away. An image showing the character on stage represents her being forced to perform and act in a certain way, for the benefit of others. However, the audience does not appreciate her efforts for them, and they are not interested in her or the way she is feeling, and rather the way she looks and how entertaining she is for them. This conveys that an individual may experience deep feelings of sadness and depression caused by loneliness and not being listened to, thus enforcing the importance for a transition to occur in life to enable her to experience positive…show more content…
Through a copious amount of literary and visual devices it has been established and reinforced that although an individual may experience deep feelings of sadness and depression caused by loneliness and not being listened to they hold the potential to encounter the experience of joy by creating their own happiness and appreciating the smaller things in
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