A distinctive voice is one that challenges society’s values and beliefs within a given text to emphasise the aspects of any given character. These aspects can include personality, distinctive experiences and attitude and beliefs towards issues. I will be using examples from “The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender” the crime thriller by Marele Day and the related text “weapons training”, a poem by Bruce Dawe. Marele Day’s novel tells the story of Claudia Valentine, a narrator, who allows the responder to witness the solving of a murder first hand through her eyes and her distinctive voice. Through language techniques Day is able to develop distinctive voices for the characters of Claudia Valentine the private investigator, Robbie Macmillan the surfer and Sally Villos the deceased girlfriend. Whereas Dawe’s poem is a dramatic monologue in which the distinctive voice of the Air Force Drill sergeant dominates the poem and overpowers the voices of any minor character. First Paragraph:
In this scene Claudia’s distinctive voice reveals the predominant aspects of her character. Manipulative statements show the strategic thinking process of Claudia Valentine as she questions Robbie in the beginning of Mark’s wake. Day includes the quote “I rephrased to get an answer that consisted of more than just ‘good’ or ‘bloke” to distinguish the deceitful way in which Claudia is able to separate herself from others to get what she wants. Claudia also reveals a cynical attitude towards Robbie’s friends in her first person expression “The resto of them sat there grinning at me. I guessed they didn’t know too many women who weren’t blonde and who were over 25 and still alive”. Day includes cynicism to represent the personality traits that have developed due to unfortunate past life experiences. Similar techniques are included in ‘Weapons Training’ to reveal the aspects of the Drill Sergeants character. Dawe uses hyperbole to show the aggressive approach the sergeant...
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