By Gautam Bhadra
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According to this notion. in order to be effective. images &d to be affective. 1n the visualfield, the dictum of 'two-pius-two-makes-four' correspondenceb e t 4 6 presentation and meaning does not work beyond simple pragmatism. The communicative power of the advertisement as art lies in the excess beyond a simple correlation between the perspectives of the tand that of the spectator. The customer as a subject and product as an object and vice versa continually b e c t and confront each other in the visual field of advertisement.
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Each of them depicts a specific situation in which the consumer has been caught unaware. 37] shows a number of people running towards a house with a 'To Let' sign. They have left one hapless person behind. In the lower half, that person is shown drinking a cup of tea for relief. Intended to advertise tea as succour in trying conditions, the cartoon projects the figure of the customer as an ordinary person of the lower middle class who survives the tough times punctuated by war, partition, riots and ration.