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The human condition can be defined as the interpretation of humans in the world, physically and psychologicallyinfluenced by the social and political environment. It describes the nature andbehaviour of humans, and the habitual developments involved ...

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The human condition can be defined as the interpretation of humans in the world, physically and psychologically influenced by the social and political environment. It describes the nature and behaviour of humans, and the habitual developments involved in a human life. Aspects of the human condition are depicted through the poems Mending Wall by Robert Frost and Grandparents by Robert Lowell. Frost uses such techniques as imagery, repetition and irony to convey his ideas of separation in humans and the tendency for humans to hold an invisible barrier between one another. Lowell's Grandparents communicates the respect we pay towards the departed family members by use of imagery along with suitable enjambments to extend the understanding of his ideas. Both of the poems associate with the idea of social change and also a few negative qualities of the human condition. Other texts that represent the human condition include The Plodder, an animated cartoon by Michael Leunig, plus the photograph Markets at the Rocks by Gerry North. The Plodder is a comical animation illustrating life as a journey of oneself, resisting the pressure of conformity, and Markets the Rocks is a photographic representation of the significance of the individual and the right to express oneself. ...read more.


'Five green shaded light bulbs spider the billiards-table', Lowell creates a prestigious imagery of his grandfather's treasured table through personification of the light bulbs. He values the game more than the field of the farm as he says 'no field is greener than its cloth'. This juxtaposition of the natural field and artificial green of the table reflects the immobile and indoor character of the aged. 'Never again' is emphasised significantly as a whole line in itself ending with an enjambment. By using these techniques Lowell has used just two simple words to explain an aspect of the human condition. It explains that the grandparents and the world they belonged to have passed away irrecoverably, as it is part of the human condition that there is no returning after death. The last image of his doodling 'handle bar moustaches on the last Russian Czar' suggests the larger issues of how much the world to which his grandparents belonged has changed. Gerry North's photograph Markets at the Rocks uses various visual techniques to convey messages of freedom in the human society and the right to articulate individual ideas. The man clearly situated in the centre of all things represents the right to freely express oneself. ...read more.


You won't be clever!" Visual techniques used by the composer to deliver his ideas include colour, foreground/backgrounding and body language. The colour of the background is natural, with the sky in blue and the ground in green as grass usually is. This use of natural colour has connotations to the natural instincts of human beings and thus links with the issue that Leunig suggests. The colour of the people running in the background is darker than the individual who stands in the foreground, revealing the runners as ominous characters, who together represent the majority of the world. The foregrounding of the individual and the backgrounding of the runners signifies the individual over the other people, as if criticising the world in the background and using the individual character to portray the world that should be as it always is with Michael Leunig's works. The posture and body language of the characters in The Plodder is organised so that the individual is slightly hunched showing the person's humbleness while the runners are portrayed standing tall and strong showing false confidence. The composers of the abovementioned texts use a variety of techniques, to connect and explain aspects of the human condition. The texts explore and comment on human tendencies and of life and death, contributing to the meaning of the human condition. johnjang - 1 - 9/05/2007 ...read more.

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