How The Book "Red Dog" And Movie Poster "Alice In Wonderland" Reflect A Journey Essay

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(Question) Through the two different sample of texts the 2002 Red Dog novel, written by Louise De Berniere and Alice in Wonderland movie poster, together expressing the theme of journey as well as friendship. In Red Dog, De Berniere successfully expresses the ‘humor in harsh’ journey by the uses his great narrative skills, combine with an amazing dramatic irony, a linear structure of the story, and anthropomorphism. This successfully demonstrates the winding journey of Red Dog as well as the mate ship along his journey. Moreover, the movie poster Alice in Wonderland also drawing a clear imaginative journey of Alice by the uses of common visual techniques like selective colors, miss en scene, font text and juxtaposition. And by these, the designer strongly enhances the themes of imaginative and physical as well as the friendship within the journey.
Red Dog novel is a simple series of vignettes about a winding physical journey of the one who loves wandering from place to place, of a red cloud kelpie nicknamed Red Dog. From the very beginning when the name Red Dog does not exist, and instead he is referred as Tally Ho while staying with the Collins. De Berniere gives him human characteristics and describes Tally as a free spirit – an independent dog that loves travelling: “He found life too interesting to stay in one place. He wanted to see what the world was like, wanted to know what was going on round the next corner, wanted to join in with things.” The strong desire to travel, and the unsettlement of Red Dog has leads him to experience different journey and befriended with many people. However, when Red Dog meets John, his journey is totally change, “Red Dog knew straight away that from now on his life was going to take a new direction.” His physical journey with John starts from this point, throughout the novel. But there is still events naturally occur along their journey but they get through it together. The author also gives Red Dog different names, intelligence, humors and memories. De Berniere uses the technique of anthropomorphism to position the readers to follow and fell for Red Dog within his journey. For example, in the chapter The Women from Perth, when Ellen realizes she is wrong and hugs Red Dog, “Red Dog looked up at John, sharing this moment of embarrassment.” (link)
On the other hand, unlike Red Dog physical journey, the composer of movie poster Alice in Wonderland mainly focuses on imaginative journey. The unusual objects like gigantic colored mushrooms or displaced door on Alice’s side or the placed font text of the word “Alice in Wonderland”, create the whimsical and mysterious atmosphere within the poster. As in the far background the blurry lofty castle delicately forms a cryptic journey that is totally ambiguous. For more, the blurry blue castle also makes the salient image and stands out amongst the others. Also the layout of the gigantic mushrooms merging with the multi bright colors effectively attracts the viewers’...

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