Rewrite of English 2012 Semester 1

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In the extracts Crow by Louis Nowra and The Hours by Michael Cunningham they create many ideas such as racial inequality and responsibility about society and home life through the use of narrative conventions such as emotive language, point of view and symbolism.

In Crow, Nowra uses the narrative convention of emotive language to convey the idea of racial inequality. An example of this is when, “A black fella can’t own property.” This is blatent discrimination against Aboriginal people in Australia. It shows how Aboriginals were thought of being less important or valuable then white Australians. Another example in the extract is “It’s illegal for blacks and whites to marry!” this shows again how black and white Australians are not seen as equal, they are not the same. Nowra successfully conveys the idea of racial inequality in the extract.

Another idea from the texts is responsibility shown in the extract from The Hours written by Cunningham. He conveys the idea through the use of the point of view and symbolism. The use of point of view in the extract, from the mothers point of view, it helps to convey the idea of responsibility by showing what the responsibilities of the mother are to her child. In the extract it gives an overall view that the mother has a hard time with looking after the child by herself. In the extract is says,” she will do all that’s required,” meaning that she realises that it is her responsibility to look after this child and to make sure that he lives in a safe and welcoming environment.

Cunningham also uses symbolism to convey his idea of responsibility across to his audience. In the extract it states that the mother has difficulty looking after one child and yet she is pregnant with another one, it makes the reader think that the mother doesn’t know what she’s doing or how she’s going to cope with two children. Another example is when it states, “ she lights up a cigarette,” soon followed by,” is it bad for the new baby, her getting so little sleep.” these statements so close together in the text makes you think that she is more self-centred than previously thought. She asks if getting little sleep is bad for the baby while she is smoking which is proven to be harmful to unborn children. It makes you see that she is really asking if getting so little sleep is bad for her own benefit and not the baby’s.

In the two texts, Crow by Louis Nowra and The Hours by Michael Cunningham many ideas such as racial inequality and responsibility are conveyed with the use of conventions. I believe that these ideas are successfully conveyed throughout the two texts.

In the extracts of Crow by Louis Nowra and The Hours by Michael Cunningham the authors present many ideas such as racial inequality and responsibility about society and home life through the use of narrative conventions such as emotive language, point of view and symbolism. Try to be more specific in the thesis.

In Crow, Nowra uses the narrative convention of emotive language to convey the idea of racial inequality. An example of this is when, “A black fella can’t own property.” This is blatant discrimination against Aboriginal people in Australia. It shows how Aborigines were thought of as being less important or valuable then white Australians. Another example in the extract is “It’s illegal for blacks and whites to marry!” this shows again how black and white Australians are not seen as equal, they are not the same. Nowra successfully conveys the idea of racial inequality in the extract. But which words are emotive? What is your response to that inequality : do you approve of it? Why or why not? Another idea from the texts is responsibility shown in the extract from The Hours written by Cunningham. He conveys the idea through the use of the point of view and symbolism. The use of point of view in the extract, from the mothers point of view, it helps to convey the idea of responsibility by showing what the responsibilities of the...
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