A comparison between 'Tirra Lirra By the River' by Jessica Anderson, 'Diana: Queen of Hearts' and 'Starry Starry night' by Don Mclean in reference to the topic of Portraits

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Portraits are often described as images and faces of people and how we view them or how they are portrayed. It is a representation of a person or it can also be an expression of a time or situation, a person's behaviour and characteristics. Portraits can be represented in many different types of text including Dance, Biographies, Film, Poetry, Plays, Fiction and Music. A composer can choose a particular type of text to represent a portrait so the responder can immediately get the desired view of the portrait as the composer. In three particular portraits, 'Tirra Lirra By the River', 'Diana: Queen of Hearts' and 'Starry Starry night', we can see that the roles of context, the composer and the responder are very important in the creation and understanding of the character portrayed within the text. Each of these portraits are represented in three types of text that brings an insight into the lives of three characters and how they are portrayed differently.

'Tirra Lirra By the River' is one example of a Fictional text of reflection in which an elderly woman, Nora Porteous, goes on a journey of self-discovery and truth. The text portrays Nora as independent, stubborn woman who returns back to her childhood home to rediscover her past. A discontented and sorrowful life has left Nora running away from her problems rather than resolving them shaping her inexpressive and Pessimistic view towards men and life, leaving her as bit of an outsider. She finds herself not understood by the people around her making her a bit rebellious and angered. We are able to go on a journey with Nora as the events and occurrences in her life are portrayed so clearly by the composer.

In any Text, the composer plays a great role...