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Pictures Dont Always Paint a Thousand Words John Berger makes a bold statement in saying No other relic or text from the past can offer such a direct testimony about the world which surrounded other people at other times In this respect images are more precise and richer than literature Ways of Reading 106 This statement is very untrue Literature has been the focal point of all modern learning Literature lets the reader feel what the author is thinking not just see it as you would in a painting This can be proven after reading Berger s descriptions of paintings in Ways of Seeing and also reading parts of literature written by WEB Dubois When a reader reads literature it is easy to feel what the author is writing about An authors job is to show the reader his point of view He does this by describing things offering opinions and making conclusions By doing this the author can get his point across and the reader can hopefully relate to him A good author will also paint his own picture by words He will leave the reader with a picture in his head of what he is describing A writers words are stronger than the stroke of an artist An example of this could be from WEB Dubois s Of the Meaning of Progress DuBois paints us a picture of his life On page 225 DuBois describes a child he says Thenie was on hand early -a jolly ugly good-hearted who slyly dipped snuff and looked after her little bow legged brother This description is something a picture can not describe A picture cannot significantly show someone being jolly or good hearted These two descriptions are important in learning about the character thus literature is more precise than images Bergers also states that paintings leave the reader to make many conclusions Berger is talking about the
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