The infamous television series 'The Big Bang Theory's incorporation of Asperger's disease, works to bring awareness and light comedy to the issue. In use of dialogue and body language conventions, this message is successfully brought across to the viewer. Sheldon's notable dialogue "You may not be as academically inclined as are we (Yes that’s how you say it)…I often misinterpret what others are feeling… It's incredibly stressful…"insinuates direct signs of the disability, in terms of social ineptness and the prolonged factual speaking style used. His clear, non-sarcastic tone depicts an ironically, laughter evoking scene, despite him believing everything he's stating is purely logical. Body language wise, Sheldon's self authorizing, upright posture adds a deeper understanding. The overuse of hand gestures, and correct posture adds to his characterization, in positive ways in this instance. His perhaps unconscious 'opening up' scene confronts the stigma people with Asperger's are emotionless. Hence as I stated at the beginning the scene successfully depicts awareness, light comedy and a more positive light on the disability itself.
This short expert perfectly shows the protagonist's (Charlie's) self fight to overcome his fears of self exertion and defiance of his 'wallflower' stance at a dance. Prompting, upbeat music stating "Come on Eileen.. Now you have grown and now you have shown" work to gradually give the shy boy the courage to walk over and dance with his friends. This along with a perceivable awkward nod, stiff body language and deep breathing allow further insights into understanding his socially challenged nature. The mixing of these film techniques successfully allows viewer reliability and the courageous notion of putting ones self out there, despite internal fears.
This short documentary on apartheid's effects works to be an eye-opening clip, urging the utmost need for action and change in South Africa to both preserve community and prevent civil war. Dialogue and montage techniques are used to express this to the viewer. Dialogue of the bold statement "Because of intense brainwashing… People still look at each other differently… Nobody's born with racism" works to intrigue the viewer, with the realization that racism isn't that easy to erase, and past tragedies effects will always be prevalent in some form. This statement being accompanied with a montage of children of colour playing, sets a great juxtaposition. That being in the way of the older and more recent generations of Africa all being very much so included and effected by the horrible effects of apartheid. I.e. the total breakdown of community, human rights and recognition. In use of both of these devices, the short film works to intrigue the viewer and educate them on past terrors effects and the need for self and communal improvement afterwards.
5. The short documentary on parents with dementia, in old age care facilities, pursed powerful topics, enhancing them with the use of analytical evidence and camera angles. An overall message of 'old age care vs breaches of freedom' was notable. Analytical evidence was widely applied in dialogue such as "They all think they're going… We tell white lies all day long" stated by Dawn. The home hitting technique, makes the viewer question moral ethics and/ or safety provisions in an disability care setting. Thoughts of 'right and wrong' arise in Dawn's questionable method of care, telling white lies to guests. Camera angles are frequent in the way of the able figures (like Dawn) being filmed from a medium shot at eye level and un-able figures like Jeannette from a low angle. This clear juxtaposition, labels higher authorities as 'equal' and people like Jeannette as 'un-able' and 'un-equal'. With this film device, social, even hierarchy levels were established to the viewer, endowing pity on the patient. In conclusion the various devices used in this short film, successfully triggers cognitive thinking by the viewer, to get them thinking and possibly acting on the controversial 'caring' system.
- "Why did I not die? More miserable than man ever was before, why did I not sink into forgetfulness and rest? Death snatches away many blooming children, the only hopes of their doting parents: how many brides and youthful lovers have been one day in the bloom of health and hope, and the next a prey for worms and the decay of the tomb!" From 2. This extract from 'Frankenstein chapter 4' uses prevalent techniques of personification and rhetorical questions for emphasis in the intense, self-reflecting scene. Personification methods in 'Death snatches' work to stress the non-living word many fear, with imagery of a 'snatching', taking away action (the very word snatching comes with bad, theft like connotations). Rhetorical questions like 'Why did I not die', lead to intimate thoughts of the character and reader, making the scene more impactful instead of a one sided monologue. Death isn't considered a nice or un-trivial matter, so the use of techniques successfully draw on the topic, grasping the audience's attention.
1. Christopher employs a number pictographs—drawings, maps, and figures—over the course of his narrative. Identify a key pictograph in the novel, describe how Christopher uses it, and explain what insight it grants into his character. The prime numbers figure on page 10 highly relates to Christopher as a character and gives insights in understanding him further. He talks of how prime numbers are 'logical' and how there's no simple formula to determining the next one. In a deeper sense the child and prime numbers are alike as they're both LOGICAL, INCOMPLETE and COMPLICATED. Christopher is like to prime numbers in this way in the eyes of people without aspergus syndrome. The reader can also come to understand the boys MINDSET from this pictorial, as he felt the compulsive need to include and explicitly explain the unique numbers whilst writing a murder mystery novel. The reader receives an insight of an purely logical yet wondrous mind. In conclusion the figures pictorial of prime numbers included drastically grants the insight on his unique character and thought process.
3. Christopher appears to believe in always acting logically. Does Christopher always behave logically, and what does this tell us about his character? Christopher's 'logical' behavior has proven time after time to have quite a backhanded effect on himself and those around him. His un-fightable instinct to follow a thread of curiosity, dangerous thoughts and meddling with others; never ceases to cause mayhem. This behavioral pattern tells the reader of how Christopher's actions can be generically bad in many instances to those who do not understand or possess patience. In a positive light, the child's actions can also be perceived as unique and incredible, in terms of his capabilities in a logical environment like school. Proven through the countless diagrams and attempt to get into university at such a young age, the reader learns of the POSITIVE aspects of Christopher's mindset in a contribution to society. In conclusion the reader learns of submissively bad outcomes and intelligence contributions, in the way of further understanding the complicated young boy. The reader can also learn that a logical outlook alone on life ≠ logical actions neccesarily.
Prevalent techniques of body language and tone work to make this trailer intriguing. Body language in the way of 'Christopher's closed appearance, make him come off as introverted and 'different'. His tall, upright, stiff gait gave him an unapproachable vibe. Notably the scene with his farther, touching hands yet making his whole body face , repellently, depicts this. The tone chosen by the actor was straightforward and prolonged. There was absence of pauses in his dialogue making the viewer that much more drawn to the video. An almost absence of emotion in his voice constructed him as an straightforward, detached child. Present in "I came to find out who killed Wellington" is the absence of up and downs in his voice, and instead a blatant, serious remark is made. Using both of these techniques combined, successfully captured the audience's attention, with a refreshing, dangerous plot being presented.