Speech - the Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender vs the Help

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Good afternoon class. I will be talking about distinctive voices in The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender and in The Help. Through distinctive voices in both texts the authors are permitting us to think about the sizeable issues, that we may not be able to see. The Life and Crime of Harry Lavender, by Marele Day a crime fiction novel, confronts our perspective of women and men and the ideology of their capabilities and in capabilities by introducing us to characters, Claudia and Harry Lavender, using distinctive voices in different circumstances thus exposing us to their personal information and relationships with others. Also through distinctive voices of Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny, the movie The Help, directed by Richard Lester and written by Kathryn Stockett, it expose us to the corrupted racial out casting of the African Americans in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. By using distinctive voices to put forth their ideas, both texts allow the reader and viewer to consider significant issues in their world. The female voices in both texts express their perspective, in first person, on the issues they're faced with through tones, for example Claudia’s curious tone, questioning all facts and evidence that comes to her, “There’s something wrong. Why is it my name? Why is it my name that opens the door? ” Combined with her observant personality inclines the reader to as well question everything Claudia comes in contact with. Similarly in The Help, Skeeter uses her curious, as well as sarcastic tone to implement her views on the treatment of black Americans in the household of white Americans, for example “Maybe we should just build you a bathroom outside, Hilly?” this rhetorical question illustrates to the audience her perspective on what makes the help so different from ourselves and why do they need to have a separate bathroom from us. Harry Lavender, the antagonist, considers himself to be omnipotent in the way he talks about controlling Sydney. He uses...
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