QUOTE FROM TEXT p 11. ‘The moths …soft, powdery bats. And the bats …were foxes. Even our garden lawn…like some lush, green five o’clock shadow.’ P 13. “Without warning, my father reached across and seized me violently by the shirt‐front.” TECHNIQUE(S) Simile “like lush, green five o’clock shadow” Metaphor :soft powdery bats” Word choice ‘violently’; short sentence; metaphor EFFECT ON MEANING Creates the sense of Darwin being an exotic world that is larger than life…everything seems exaggerated, less manageable, less controlled We sense his father’s anger at Paul’s thoughtless, prejudiced remark. The visual image conveys the idea of suddenness, disruption to the natural order. This shows the environment of where Keller lives, surrounded by the usual drunk people. Gives the impression of Bennie as vulnerable, soft, a potential victim…unsuited to the tough, extreme environment of Darwin Everything about Keller sets him apart from the others…he is foreign (out of place) and different from the rest of Darwin’s population – in dress, tastes, habits. He is an enigma. Our curiosity is aroused. This shows that Paul is attracted and lustful towards Megan. The formality of clothing and pose suggests a time and place which no longer exists…we now have a little more insight into Keller’s past, but the details are still puzzling. What has happened to his wife and child? We focus on the trajectory and the sense of Paul’s career moving forward. There is celebration.
P 17. ‘It was always Wet season in the front bar of the Swan: a monsoon of beer and sweat and smoke and noise.’ P 23. ‘Bennie always remains middle‐aged – paunchy, puffy‐faced, balding…bespectacled…’ P 30. ‘His white suit and Panama could not be missed among the blue singlets and short – sleeved shirts; the clear, heavy fluid of his schnapps bottle likewise, standing high and separate among the amber, lathered beers. ...
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