There are many aspects of Australian culture that are represented in the text Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres. It is a humorous and loving non-fiction story that depicts the climate and natural splendour of Western Australia. Literary devices are used to make passages more decorative and elaborate. De Bernieres make use of colloquial expressions (Australian vernacular) which are a strong feature of Australia communication among ‘outback blokes’, while lovingly describing how Australian landscapes mark out the natural beauty of Australia and the special qualities it holds. Through de Bernieres emphasis of these 3 features, we sense a connection between the language and the landscape. There are many techniques the author uses to help us feel what sort of day it is. These techniques make the descriptions of the weather in the book feel like you are being smothered by a blanket of heat. One effective technique used is metaphor, for example, “It was a red-hot day in February.” Steel turns red when it gets really hot, so a “red-hot day” is a terribly scorching day. Another technique used is simile, for example, “…all the vegetation was looking as if it had been dried in an oven.” This indicates that the weather is so hot and so dry that the vegetation shrivels up. Another example of an effective technique is the use of descriptive language. “The air shimmers…” The air doesn’t exactly shimmer; it’s only an illusion caused by the scorching heat. The description of the weather in Red Dog is very effective with the use of metaphor, simile and descriptive language. There are many colloquial expressions that are used in Red Dog. These colloquial expressions are used when the men from the outback are talking, in the Australian vernacular. One example of dialogue that illustrates colloquial speech is “Hope it was up to scratch.” (p.50). Jocko is the man who said this line and he is a typical outback bloke. This line means that Jocko hopes the treatment he had...
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