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Text A is an excerpt from The Journal of a Disappointed Man, which was published in 1919. Given the time period it was published in, it can be noted that it was during World War I. On the other hand, Text B, is a movie advertisement for The Incredible Shrinking Man, produced around the 1950’s. While analysis both texts it became prevalent that Text A contains no visuals whereas Text B is rooted in visual aid. Despite these differences, both of the texts relate through the message of a “shrinking man” and are based upon physical transformations. The main disparities noted between the two texts is that Text A is focused more on nature and the want for being able to experience one’s life from a new perspective similar to the creatures described. Contrastingly, Text B. the movie advertisement portrays the escapade of a man who’s physical characteristics alter or adapt as he shrinks. In each of the texts, the main characters are not complete with their natural or current being and desire a physical alterification. This argument is focused more upon in Text A through the heavy use of imagery and the use of visual aids in Text B. Although each of the texts were respectively written at different periods of time, the persistent context of war is visible. I believe that the purpose of WNP Barbellion’s excerpt was to convey his love and astonishment for the beauty found in nature itself and it is something to be nourished and holy. Although a personal journal can be a form of self articulation, the purpose for writing such a journal can also be to show self reflection and to cherish past times relating to the view of nature itself. Differing from Text A, the purpose of Text B is to promote the viewing of the film being advertised, The Incredible Shrinking Man. A movie advertisement serves to promote the release of the film and encourages the audience to go see the movie before it is available for watching at home. The theme or the focus of the film is depicted through the use of varying visual aids and key information regarding which actors fill which roles. This then gives the audience a chance to choose between seeing the film or not based on the provided information. Text A presents itself in the form of a personal journal but, the use of different stylistic characteristics and language in the text leads me to infer that it was pre written or drafted before it was documented in the journal itself. Most people only think that journal entries portray a singular train of thought or awareness directly relating to the author. Due to this, the audience may understand the text based on only what is directly stated in the excerpt since it doesn’t correlate with the normal pattern of a journal entry. Similarly since Text B is conveyed as an advertisement or a poster for a film, the presence of an underlying focus can easily be missed. The contextualization of each of the texts plays an important role in attempting to give an analysis on what messages are actually being conveyed. Text A was recorded on May 30, 1915 and was published in 1919, after World War I. In the times following World War I, many people were still in mental and physical horror of the events which they lived through for almost four years. This leads me to believe the purpose of WNP Barbellion’s The Journal of a Disappointed Man, was to change the audience’s views on the nature from previously being seen as something tainted with hate and war to a calm and graceful escape. Contrastingly, Text B was released in 1957, which was the same time period as the Cold War. During the Cold War, the emotions of those living in the time period mimicked that of the people who lived through WWI. They perception of nature in Text B is very different to the way it is perceived in Text A. In Text B, nature is used a form of fear and used to drill fear into the minds of the audience. In the first image, the fog or mist being detailed can directly relate to the many fears of nuclear warfare during the 1950’s. The contrast between the two perceptions of nature in the different texts leads me to infer that each text is a justifiable means of triggering different desired emotions from the creators into the audience, solely depending on the context they were produced in. The effect of the juxtaposition used in the title of Text A affects the content which follows it. The linguistic style used to enhance nature in Text A conveys an image of peace and a sense of zen. This in no way relates to the way a “Disappointed Man” would interpret or perceive nature given the way it was written. Comparably, the title of Text B also juxtaposes the context which follows it. The term “Incredible” could guide the audience in thinking the film is about an individual who has both mental and physical strength. Nevertheless, as the visual aids progress the individual or the protagonist of the film seems to cower and enhance a fear for the potential dangers for a “shrinking man” in the nature they are surrounded by. The most obvious stylistic touch utilized in Text A is the use of similes. In the line “it’s like a cathedral”, the relation to sunlight gleaming through the Beech Wood helps the audience better imagine the surrounding WNP Barbellion is describing. The diction used is descriptive and combined with the tonality of the text, it makes Text A more informal. On the other hand, Text B utilizes a visually based alternative similar to that of a comic. The linguistic choices used in the movie advertisement itself is brief, switching the audience’s focus back over to the film itself. In conclusion, each of the texts respectively utilize depictions of a “shrinking man” where Text A is focused upon immersing oneself with nature whereas Text B has already reached such a conclusion. Nonetheless, the zen relating to the naturesque imagery from Text A is very different from that portrayed in Text B through the use of images. The context of each text plays an important role in defining an underlying theme relating to the way nature is shown and perceived.

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