For a text to be appealing, we must see the protagonist in conflict.
“Any account with an f on it instead of a m, all they needed to do is push a few buttons, we’re cut off.” When we read a novel and become engaged, do we feel a desire to keep reading on because the protagonist is faced by a comforting setting or faced with heavy conflict? With the setting being a vital aspect within a text, it is important for it to contain a conflicting nature in order to captivate us and entice us to read on. Although conflict is something that may frustrate some readers, it is always something that provokes engagement, and overall gives off an appealing manner when we continue to read. In order to involve compelling use of conflict, Margaret Atwood has used settings of control, including control of thought, control of sexuality, and control through fear, ultimately foreshadowing a warning to our future society of conflict in The Handmaid’s Tale.
What matters the most in a text is what goes on beneath the surface.
“We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world.” When we watch a movie, do we find that evaluating just what we see matters the most, or do we find when we endeavour into what’s beneath the surface reveals the most relevant information? While visual cues are helpful in understanding a visual text, it is in all cases necessary to notice what goes on beneath the surface to see what matters the most. For a film to truly matter and have a long lasting effect on a viewer deeper underlying ideas must be presented. In order to provoke our thoughts, James Mcteigue has utilised symbolism, montage and diologue to highlight the underlying theme of the bulletproof nature of ideas, in 2 scenes of the visual text, V for Vendetta.