It was interesting to me how the characters were represented using expressionism, like what was discussed in chapter 5 of the McCloud reading. The images were surreal, and lacked the perfect real world representation of form and function of the impressionistic era. This departure from realism still left me with a clear sense of what was going on, and perhaps would probably seem clearer to me than an impressionist approach.
Expressionism allows the bad guys to instantly be seen as malevolent without the use of words. Overly embellished featured of certain characters effectively made some of them look evil or untrustworthy without having to tell me that with words. Because people’s looks rarely reflect their true nature, and an impressionistic approach may have made it difficult to portray one’s inner evil without the assistance of written text.
I think God’s Man was the first time that I had ever tried to read something with no words. Quite frankly, I was pretty confused for the first couple chapters and had to go back and reread it a few times to get the most out of the work. I found myself trying to read the scrolls with “words” on them to get a better idea of what was going on, but then realized that they were merely representations of words rather than written text. While this was a pretty cool novel, I’m pretty sure that I will not be referencing anything from this book for the tracing project later in this semester.