Harry Lavender Essay Notes

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From early on in the novel it is clear that Harry Lavender is a very dominating character. He speaks of himself in the highest regard in comparison to everyone else; he is very powerful and callous. We learn about Lavender through various extracts throughout the novel, ‘The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender’, these extracts are written from his point of view and provide the audience with a deeper understanding of his background story as well as his distinctive voice throughout the entirety of the text. Harry Lavender is both very self-absorbed and self-obsessed. He enjoys highlighting his achievements in relation to the crimes he has committed and how he managed to avoid being prosecuted for his crimes due to police corruption which was at its peak during the 1980’s. Lavenders extracts utilise the techniques of imagery and repetition to further highlight his distinctive voice. The repetition of the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘Me’ signify his focus on himself and his boastful tone, for example ‘they will remember me. At the going down of the city’s son and in the mourning they will remember me…’ (pg 15). This definite statement summarises Lavenders enormous ego and often smug tone that he carries throughout the novel. Lavender prides himself on the fact that he is able to manipulate people into getting his own way, which ultimately leads to his success in the city’s underbelly. Lavenders extract are never short violent imagery. Short, sharp sentences are used to maintain audience attention and keep them engaged, also these sentences often build on the tension and self-absorbed undertone of Lavenders extracts.
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