General Writing and Grammar Help/visual essay identity


Hi so I have to do a visual essay on identity which means I have to make my own piece of work along with some kind of audio my theme is that identity is not just based off of physical appearance I don't have any idea how i can show that in a picture/collage/painting... please help! and also what kind of audio could i use..??

Hello Jo

This is a question on essay planning and structure, rather than an issue of English language and grammar. So in a very strict sense I am not really able to answer. But I can offer you some tips and guidance notes on the PROCESS.

Do you mean a 'visual essay' - that is, a piece of work which is largely composed of images? Or do you mean "an essay on visual identity" - which is a written essay which discusses the issue of visual identity?

I agree that human identity is made up of more than simply visual appearance - but it would be difficult to illustrate other features such as behaviour and attitudes, except through verbal description - unless you used videos.

Anyway, here are some guidance notes on essay planning and generating an argument which you might find useful:

I hope that helps - get back to me if you wish to discuss these issues further

Best wishes

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