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With reference to the novel A Pale View of Hills and the film The Painted Veil, I have many reasons to say that I consider Ishiguro a better storyteller than Curran, albeit both have actually done a brilliant job.

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Nicole Leung F. 6U (20) 2. Who is the best storyteller - Ishiguro or Curran? Compare and contrast their storytelling techniques. In your answer, say whether and how a writer's or director's choice of medium affects audience response. A remarkable storyteller often makes very good use of the 5 basic element of fiction, that is, plot, setting, theme, characters and style, to create a story that captivates and holds the attentions of the readers or the audience. On top of the 5 essential components of a novel, a good storyteller also employs symbolisms, ironies, special narrative techniques or other literary devices to make the story more compelling and intriguing. With reference to the novel "A Pale View of Hills" and the film "The Painted Veil", I have many reasons to say that I consider Ishiguro a better storyteller than Curran, albeit both have actually done a brilliant job. The most apparent difference in terms of the two storytellers' storytelling techniques is that Ishiguro's story is told in a highly implicit, ambiguous and macabre manner with emotions of characters often being subtly expressed while that in Curran's film, ideas are expressed in a much more explicit and concrete way with emotions of characters being reflected straightforwardly. While Curran's way of presenting the story allows audience to follow the plot closely as well as makes it easier for the audience to identifies with the characters' inner feelings, I ...read more.


Another interpretation can be that Sachiko represents a polarized personality in Etsuko, that even though she appears to be a dutiful and subservient housewife all the times, deep down she has always had the 'Sachiko' instinct to break free from this defined role of woman so as to pursue for her own happiness and freedom. Given that there can be such a lot of interpretations for the novel and that a lot of mysteries are not exactly resolved even toward the end of it, "A Pale View of Hills" is indeed a very sophisticated novel which worth analysis. As for a comparison, Curran's "The Painted Veil" is much more straightforward and simple. With its brilliant use of cinematographic techniques, the beautiful love story between an initially ill-matched couple is captured. Unlike that in "A Pale View of Hills", the emotions of characters is expressed explicitly in the film. For instance, when our male protagonist, Walter Fane discovers his wife, Kitty Fane's affairs with Charlie Townsend, the camera has a few low angle shots, which means that the camera is placed lower than the subject, producing a towering form. With that, the dominance, power and authority of Walter is strengthened. Also, Curran has also deliberately positioned the characters in such a way that Kitty is sitting on the sofa whereas Walter standing, as if Kitty is a criminal confessing her wrongdoings. ...read more.


But we have to try it and see if we like it there. I'm sure we will.' The change of pronoun suggests a displacement of the relation between Etsuko and Keiko onto that of Sachiko and Mariko. The blending of narratives convinces readers that, Sachiko might after all, really be Etsuko. As such, the ingenious use of narrative technique is highlighted. As in "The Painted Veil", Curran also makes use of flashback to play with the past and present. For example, shortly after the Chinese Opera Scene in Shanghai is the scene in which Kitty is being carried in the sedan chair through the fields somewhere in rural China. This is highly symbolic: during the Chinese Opera scene, Kitty listens to Charlie's translation of a story about a young girl who is weeping because she has been sold into a life of slavery and taken away to a foreign land. The girl is sad because she is condemned to a life in which she will never find happiness, never be loved or love in return. This seems to tell the emotions of Kitty in the next scene, which is when she is being carried in the sedan chair in China as she herself is now in a foreign land with a person that no longer loves her and who she does not love. Hence, the use of flashback reinforces in theme of the movie. ...read more.

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