The vibrant depiction of a harsh landscape is distinctively visualised through the scripting of raw beauty that illustrates visions of hardship and the need for endurance to live within such an environment. Individually, these depictions resonate with us on a personal level as they extract emotions of empathy and resilience from us, drawing parallels to the struggles within our own daily lives. Henry Lawson’s short stories ‘The Drover’s Wife’ and ‘In a Dry Season’ explore themes of the harsh Australian outback shaping the lives of the characters within. Lawson’s ability to represent the stereotypically unforgiving Australian bush and its endlessness, effectively allows the responder to create a clear picture of this desolate and barren environment. The protagonist within The Drover’s Wife is depicted as a lone soldier who lives in the harsh Australian bush, having to fight for herself and her children to get through. Similarly, within In a Dry Season Lawson explores the characteristics of the tough landscape of New South Wales, Australia and its consequent effect on the protagonist. Ultimately, Lawson uses distinctively visual language within both these short stories to evoke an emotional response from the reader, allowing them to connect with the characters who have been formed by the landscape they live within. Lawson’s effectiveness in drawing an influenced response from the individual is to enhance feelings of terror for the sheer vast yet isolated beauty of the rugged Australian country.