Thursday, 6 March 2014

GINS Word Art

"A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind" - Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury, Ray. Page 58.


Hand with gun:


          This thought-provoking quote from Fahrenheit 451 embodies the global issue I've been delving into for the past few months- that of government censorship. "A book is a loaded gun" explains why the leaders of the dictatorship like society fear books so much. It represents unpredictable repercussions and unknown actions that might be caused by books' influence. The government believes that by taking this access (access to books) out of the publics reach that they might avoid conflict. "Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon." articulates that by destroying the books, they take the message, the knowledge, and the possibility of being informed of something important away, never to be looked at by the eyes of those who find beauty in it. 
        In my visual, I had some intentional choices. The first of which being the font. The three words that were highlighted were: book, loaded, and gun. The chose a "thick" font for the word book as books (to me) are packed full of knowledge and new places and people I could never meet in the real world- all of which is packed in a limited number of pages- and so I thought that a thick font would exemplify the enormous force of words a book can be. Loaded was similar but I chose a more "tense" font, because loaded means that something could fire out of something or other. The word gun was highlighted in red and a rugged font to symbolize the relevance of the word to the metaphor made by Bradbury, as well as the magnitude the word brings to the meaning of the metaphor. i chose the 3D image of the hand holding a gun to create a more impactful image to make the quote more thought provoking and realistic. 

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