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Is image more powerful than the written word? - ielts


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In the modern world, the image (photograph or film) is becoming a more powerful way of communication than the written word. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is a popular maxim that is being used for a very long time. This strongly depicts the power of images in conveying messages, ideas, or opinions to people. Nevertheless, the importance of written word can never be denied as it is also another way of communication that is commonly used. Hence, I agree only to certain degree that in today's world, image serves as a more effective means of communication.
Firstly, pictures can influence the way people think. For example, nowadays horrendous images are displayed on the cigarette boxes to illustrate the consequences of smoking. As a result, statistics show a slight reduction in the number of smokers, indicating that they realize the effects of the negative habit. Not only that, the magnificent photograph captured by Kevin Carter, which portrayed a starving Sudanese child struck by extreme poverty has successfully highlighted the plight faced by the citizens in Sudan. Apart from that, images are also widely used in newspapers, magazines and advertisements. Thus, it is undeniable that images in the absence of words can obviously claim the attraction of many.
Looking from another perspective, written words are also vital in order to spread across certain messages. With only pictures, everyone is left to their own interpretation on how they perceive the images. Nonetheless, this is different when words are used to explain what the illustration is about. Furthermore, the primary way of educating students is also by this way. Academic textbooks these days are laden with words besides pictures to guide the readers to comprehend better.
To conclude, both images and words go hand in hand and one cannot wholly emphasise on only one aspect, either images or words. Hence, for a more meaningful communication, these two elements have their respective roles to play: image to exemplify and words to describe a particular subject.

Jun 13, 2011, 11:52pm   #2
that has been used*
you can combine sentences to make the ideas clearer and more thought out
I do see a main point, or I think I do, so this is going in the right direction

"With only pictures, everyone is left to their own interpretation on how they perceive the images" < I like this a lot. Good point

the primary way of educating students is also by this way.< what way?
image to exemplify and words to describe a particular subject. > images to*

Cheers~
Jun 14, 2011, 12:25pm   #3
Firstly, pictures can influence the way people think.

Apart from that, images are also widely used in newspapers, magazines and advertisements to compliment their written articles.

To conclude, both images and words go hand in hand and one cannot wholly emphasise on only one aspect, either images or words it is hard to say one is more important than the other. Hence, for a more meaningful communication, these two elements have their respective roles to play: image to exemplify and arouse the interest of what is written in words that have the ability to describe a particular subject in depth.


You write so well. I only added a few ideas hoping they would help you further improve your writing. I'm sure you are going to get a flying score at IELTS.

GOOD LUCK!!
Your writing is very clear and to the point, and was easy to follow.

I would try to put your theses in the first paragraph
I think your paragraphs could be longer with a little more explanation.

Finally
You write
Firstly, pictures can influence the way people think.

I prefer First of all instead of Firstly, but that is just my personal choice.

Good topic, was it a prompt or did you think of it yourself.
thanks to all of u for the comments and thanks for helping me to improve my writing. i used to do so bad for my ielts essay. really need the help frm all of u..hope i wil cum up with better essay in future. thanks..

n carson the topic was given by my lecturer



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