The Awakening: Visual Rhetoric
100 points
Create a visual representation based on our discussions of The Awakening using any medium you wish. Your objective is
to portray the conflict an individual experiences with society when he/she struggles with societal norms. Consider other
individuals besides Edna who feel out of step in society, as your visual does not necessarily have to be about Edna.
Include a written explanation of your image. Describe your subject, its conflict, and how you used color, shape, and form
to communicate his/her social struggle.
Your image must:
 Apply elements of color/shape/form
 Focus on a human experience/dilemma
 Define the subject’s conflict
 Convey emotional tension
 Communicate a clear message
 Express the character’s desires or needs
 Express the character’s belief in his/her side of the dilemma
Questions to Consider:
1. What do you like about this work?
2. What is the major conflict? How strong is it?
3. Does your visual ask a question, present a dilemma, or present a need?
4. Is the visual clear or confusing?
5. Will the audience have a distinct picture of your subject’s struggle?
6. How can you make the character stronger?
7. Is there anything introduced that seems to drift away?
Visual Rhetoric Rubric
DISTINGUISHED
(A)
PROFICIENT
(B)
LIMITED
(C)
UNSATISFACTORY
(D)
Subject with emotional
conflict clearly defined
Subject with emotional
conflict not clearly
defined
Scene with a conflict not
clearly defined
Elements of Color, Shape
and Form do not clearly
convey artist’s purpose
Great effort to create and
design artwork not
clearly put forth
Strength of character’s
belief in his/her side of
dilemma not clearly
expressed
Desires of subject not
clearly apparent
Subject with emotional
conflict unclear
Not Understood
Scene with a conflict
unclear
Elements of Color, Shape
and Form do not convey
artist’s purpose
Great effort to create and
design artwork are not
put forth
Strength of character’s
belief in his/her side of
dilemma not expressed
Not Displayed
Scene with a conflict
clearly defined
Elements of Color, Shape
and Form clearly convey
artist’s purpose
Great effort to create and
design artwork clearly
put forth
Strength of character’s
belief in his/her side of
dilemma clearly
expressed
Desires of subject clearly
apparent
Desires of subject not
apparent
Not Understood
Not Evident
Not Evident
Not Evident
Scoring Key
Distinguished: 90-100
Proficient: 80-89
Limited: 70-79
Unsatisfactory: 65-69
Failed: 0 (No Attempt)