Interplay of words and imagery In many occasions narratives are commonly written in books are verbally communicated to the audience by storytellers. However, verbal communication of stories to the audience is sometimes not effective since the audience, especially if they are children, are likely to forget the stories they are told very quickly. This means, therefore, that a good narrative should be told in such a way that the audience can easily understand and remember. Pictorial storytelling is used to fill in the voids that occur in the normal verbal storytelling. One of the basic requirements in the development of effective pictorial narratives is simplicity.
A good visual narrative uses simple pictures to explain an incident or a given situation. One characteristic of the human brain is its ability to process information well when it is accompanied by pictures or when the sentences used are short and memorable hence the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The use of several complicated images is not recommended because it makes it difficult for the audience to comprehend. The sequent key consideration that should be made when creating pictorial narratives is the culture of the audience to which the narrative is being presented.
In presenting a narrative to a particular culture, it is important to consider that the culture of that group is adhered to in the images used. Also, a narrative being presented to a diverse group of people requires that the diversity of the audience is considered in the images used (Brockmeier, 2015, p. 78). Pictorial storytelling has long been used as an alternative medium of narration to provide the audience with a clear understanding of the themes in place.
Today, comics, graphic novels as well as cartoons tell their own stories instead of explaining some texts used in a story. Currently, storytelling through images and pictures reach the entire human population through animated films while comic arts are placed in art galleries to be viewed by different people. Additionally, many graphic novelists are awarded great prizes in literary occasions for their outstanding works (Ender et al. , 2012, p. 127). Pictorial storytelling is considered as an effective way of narration compared to verbal storytelling for several reasons.
First, it creates knowledge among students of the world around them and influences their understanding of it. Through the use of images in storytelling, students are able to properly understand the kind of world they live in and the forces driving it. As a result, the students are likely to be successful, no matter their geographic locations through the manipulation of the artwork found in narratives (Painter et al. , 2013, p. 145). Another importance of the use of pictures in narratives as well as classroom lessons is the acquisition of vocabulary (Boers and Lindstromberg, 2008, p.
35-67). Understanding vocabulary is one of the major ways through which a person can learn a language. In several instances, it is done through a variety of ways such as the use of countless books such as dictionaries (Blom and Unsworth, 2010, p. 80). However, in classroom settings where pictures and gestures are used alongside the vocabularies as demonstrated by several picture dictionaries creates a better understanding of the subject being discussed. There is the revelation that multi-sensory learning using pictures and gestures is more effective compared to the conventional hearing and reading methods.