Category Archives: Lang and Lit 2021-2023

Hero Scene Analysis

What is the purpose of the scene that you have chosen and how have language and filmic techniques been employed to achieve that purpose?


The film “Hero” by Chinese director ZhangYi Mou is a martial arts film that shows different perspectives and versions of the story and characters as they progress towards their goal. After the death of Flying Snow, Broken Sword and Nameless fight on a lake in a serious and heavy atmosphere. In the scene from 1:00:00-1:03:00, Zhang Yimou applies angles, setting, and sound to better show the mental state of Broken sword as well as to honor the death of Flying Snow.

Close up or far away shots of the characters or objects are significant as they emphasize the facial expression of the characters, bring out their emotions, as well as the key items. Broken Sword’s feeling towards Flying Snow can be seen from the zoomed in shot of him wiping the water off her face. As Nameless walks away at the end, the different shots show us the distance between them though only having zoomed in shots of their face as they salute to each other. The peaceful ending shows Nameless’ sympathy for the death of Flying Snow resulting in respect for each other in the end.

The characters are encompassed by mountains and trees while the lake is below their feet. With nature being the environment they’re in and with the combination of the clear water and the blue shade of the setting, the main emotion communicated through was grief and a calmness. The surface of the water has no ripples, bringing this sense of serenity and tranquility. This along with the somewhat hopeless expression of Broken Sword gives the audience an understanding of his mental state at that moment, which is sadness. Water can also be a symbolism for power. As water has no definite shape, the swords that pierce through the water do not damage. Like Broken Swords mind during that time, nothing can harm the true love he has for Flying Snow.

Though there is no dialogue, non-diegetic sounds are used to compliment and reduce the intensity of the fighting scene. To set the whole mood of this scene, no dialogue was used. Instead, Zhang Yimou magnified the sounds of the water and swords. The crisp and fresh sound of water does not create an intense atmosphere which would be conflicted with the mood of the characters. Along with the slow effects of Broken Swords and Nameless running on the surface of the water, the sound that was produced was smooth, adding to the calm flow of this scene.

The combination of non-diegetic sounds, setting, and different angle of shots are used to deliver the emotions of the characters as well as give context about what’s happening and foreshadow later events by amplifying the small details that are not transparent. By using these factors for this specific scene, Zhang Yimou can clearly communicate Broken Swords emotion as well as carrying the story forward by ending with the honoring of Flying Snow.


My Propaganda Poster

Stop wasting your food

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This is a poster made by me with the general idea of the poster about food waste. The problem I wanted to point out was the amount of food we waste. By using the different propaganda techniques, I wanted to present this topic to the audience in a serious way, hoping to make them reflect on wasting food and their involvement in it with the result of making them act accordingly or be more aware of this problem. The purpose of the propaganda technique i used were to make the audience feel guilty.

Color: I used mainly shades of black for the background. Black can symbolize a variety of feelings but the main purpose i choose black as the background and for the vibe is because black to me and in this case, symbolize death or emptiness. The reason I made the picture black and white is because it gives off the feeling of desolation. It makes the audience feel like something is missing and in this case, it’s supposed to show that theirs a lack of food for the children in the picture. In addition to the picture, the question “do you want to see children starve” combined with the dark picture shows how children are starving to death because of the lack of food. This can also affect the audience as they might pity the children. Red is used for emergencies and it is also used frequently when theres danger. I used to red to provoke the audience to try to make them focus on those words. Those words and ideas in red are the main ideas i wanted to put forth.

Visuals: The picture is of my brother and I. In the picture, we are focused on different assortments of bread and baked goods behind the glass. The reason i chose this photo was because i wanted the audience to feel bad cause it showed two kids looking like they’re craving for food. They’re so close yet so far away because they are only admiring the food from other side of the glass. The picture connects to pathos as it tries to connect to the audience emotionally. The trash can is also to point out the main problem since people throw away their food into the trash can.

I made some of the texts bold so the audience would focus more on those words. The quote was put in there to also try to make the audience reflect or connect on an emotional level. The main technique i used was pathos. I made up an organization and their website to make the audience trust the source. This connects to ethos. This would help the audience know where it’s coming from and the background of the source. Making the organization name and website seem professional can boost the trust of the audience.


Trash can-



Propaganda Poster Reflection

I think an important part that all the propagandas shared was symbolism. This includes the visual, colors, the use of language both in text form and also shown through body language. I think the bandwagon effect was also something most groups had in common since most of propagandas purpose was to persuade the audience to join and participate. The Chinese in the posters are shown as powerful, loyal, and respected. An example would be Chairman Mao in the posters. He was shown as welcoming and bright like the sun. The Chinese in the posters about North Korea and America were shown as people who were overpowering others. The member of other groups, specifically America were shown as weak people as they were on the ground and being help in the arm by the Chinese soldier.

Rhetorical Triangle

How does the rhetorical triangle work together to help a speaker or writer to achieve their particular purpose?


The six elements of the rhetorical triangle work together to help you create a basis and develop your idea and what you are trying to persuade and bring to others. By going through the six elements, each one helps you build a stable argument. Exigence is the catalyst and factor that inspires you to write or speak. Helps you form a foundation for what you are going to talk about. By learning the audiences background, you have a better understanding of what they think and believe. This helps create a emotional appeal to the audience which will help better persuade them(Pathos). Ethos focuses on the role of the writer in the argument and whether they are trustworthy. It’s the emotions that the writer expresses. Different from pathos which is what emotions the writer wants to show the audience. By figuring out the context in which the situation is in, you will be able to tell the writer’s purpose and message. You can see the rhetorical triangle and the six elements as Lego blocks. Each one affects the other and is connected. By looking deeper into these elements and following these steps, you will be able to better persuade your audience.