Distinctively visual imagery can either entice or distance us from the world of the characters. Through language and rhythm, the readers become absorbed in the action and dynamics of the narrative or empathetic observers of the struggles of others. Authors such as henry lawson use language and other techniques to paint a distinctively visual images to shape the meanings of their text. Using these concepts, the reoccuring of the struggles for survival in the australian bush. The two short stories ‘The Drover’s wife’ and ‘In a dry season’ evoke harsh, arid landscape and depicts the hardship of life in an inhospitable environment. Furthermore, the oil painting by russell drysdale, ‘Sunday evening’ can be a visual reflection of the portrayal of the struggle for survival which is evident in both stories. Lawson is able to strongly distinguish between the two creating all round distinctive and entertaining stories.