Poh Ting Fang
CS2006 Spousal Violence
This is an example of domestic violence due to the increasing reversal of gender roles in modern society. Through the use of semiotics, indexical signs are exemplified in this case as it can be seen that the female is dressed in office wear, while the man is in singlet which may be inferred as a house husband.
In addition, metonym is put into play as the female office lady wielding a wooden roller signifies the authority that she has at home when compared to her husband, as being the one who is employed, she is deemed as the breadwinner of the family.
The use of gestalt theories such as colours, in particular the black office suit and the white singlet of the man draws distinctive contrast between both characters which further portrays the stark contrast. Also, the use of form through the lines as a background behind the man bowing down also gives the impression that the man is exceptionally small when placed in front of what seemed to be an elongated background.
Hence, this coincides with our project as it drives home the message that this might be a problem that might surface in the near future for Singapore due to the increasing trends of females excelling in their careers, in contrary to gender stereotypes that is entrenched within our society.
This picture illustrates how the victims of domestic violence feels, as the female victim is seen to be hugging her knees and the railings, which is representative of a state of fear and distraught. Through the muted colours of the girl’s clothing, it creates a sombre and depressed vibe which probably signifies the girl’s emotions.
Furthermore, with the use of lines represented through the staircase and the railings, it gives off a restricted atmosphere, which causes the audience to feel that the girl is stifled and helpless in that situation. The pattern of the stairs also show textural gradient as the patterns of the stairs get less dense when it is closer to the foreground.
Also, the clenched fist on the left side of the picture exemplifies implied movement as the audience’s eyeline from the camera tells us that the fist is heading towards the girl. With the use of interposition, the clenched fist appears to be much nearer to us through the lenses of the camera, as compared to us and the girl. This causes the audience to feel compelled to stop the clenched fist from heading towards the girl, which creates a sense of empowerment in the audience as it evokes sympathy towards the girl. Coupled with the clenched fist which symbolises emotions of anger, the more the viewer would feel obligated to help the girl. Hence, pathos is utilised in this scenario.
As such, this is relevant to our project as domestic violence will result in not only physical pain but mental trauma as well. Not only females in particular, will suffer from domestic violence, but anyone that has experienced domestic violence before. Hence the need to reach out and drive home a message to others that men has the right to be protected and not neglected as well.