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English Assessment Task: Remembering

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Advanced English Assessment Task: Remembering 1. A Fortunate Life composed by A.B Facey is a reflection of a lifetime that most would hope to forget. In complete contrast Piano a poem written by D.H. Lawrence reveals the composers joyful emotions when remembering his childhood. What both texts represent is the concept that without memory the individual could not progress. A Fortunate Life represents this with Facey remembering abuse, poverty, and war yet 'it has been rich and full', being a powerful description of the progression of life, the good and the bad times, denoting that although not all memories are pleasurable they are significant to ones 'whole' life. Piano demonstrates this same concept. Memory affects the composer, as he says 'down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past'. The composer is in fact fixated with his past, which he yearns to remember as a way of moving ahead. An aspect in which the texts completely differ in their analysis of remembrance is the need to remain obsessed with one's past. The difference between obsessed and using remembrance to progress is clearly demonstrated by the two texts. Facey remembers events but never lingers on the memories more then is necessary for his development. ...read more.


In this way the reader is able to relate to the text just as the reader is provided with a similar intimacy through the powerful imagery in the poem Piano. In complete contrast to all of the prior mentioned techniques, Elie Wiesel in his text 'Listen to the Silent Screams' employs a great deal of rhetorical questions to confer his argument. This technique presents another perspective on the consequences of remembering. It will become apparent in the subsequent composition that various techniques are utilised by the composers in their texts to convey the consequences of remembering. Fred D'Aguiar makes use of many different writing styles in The Longest Memory allowing the reader to obtain an understanding of the consequences of remembering. The composer opens the book with narrative, establishing a sense of relationship for the reader to Whitechapel. Such use of narrative provides a clearer understanding of the consequences of Whitechapel's memories throughout the entire novel. The reader is in touch with Whitechapel's pain when he relates such negative events as the rape of his wife and the murder of his son. Narrative gives the whole picture. It relays all of the significant events allowing the reader to understand the consequences of Whitechapel's great amount of memories. ...read more.


Likewise Lawrence utilizes visual imagery such as; 'small poised feet,' to enable the reader to imagine the experiences of the composer. A person is better able to understand something that they have experienced. Imagery is an emotive device used by the composer to develop the relationship for the reader to the composer enabling the reader a better understanding of the emotions felt as a consequence of remembering. Dissimilarly to D'Aguiar's approach of creating a connection for the reader to Whitechapel in The Longest Memory via narrative, Elie Wiesel makes use of rhetorical questions to present his argument. Wiesel wants to emote the reader through rhetorical questions with the intention to bring about the readers thought on the matter. As a result the reader develops an understanding and is able to absorb the consequences felt by the composer as result of his/her memories. Consequences such as anger and bitterness are understood, 'is it not true that all the victims were Jews. But all the Jews were victims'; such a statement brings about thought in the reader and subsequently enhanced understanding of such consequences. As has been clearly demonstrated, composers shape readers emotions and understanding of events through different techniques such as the different writing styles used by D'Aguiar, the colloquial language employed by Facey, the imagery utilized by Lawrence and Wiesels's use of rhetoric. The consequences are better understood as result of the personal connections developed for the reader to the composer/character. ...read more.

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