The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender

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Composers create distinctive voices in their texts to help shape, challenge or even support perceptions we have about the world we live in. Composers use distinctive voices in their texts to help us think about the significant issues involved in the world around us. Marele Day, in “the Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender”. Using the form of a crime fiction to challenge our perceptions of the role of men and women in the world we live in. Martin Luther King’s speech “I have a dream” also explores these significant issues. It was aimed to encourage individuals to work against racism, and to inform America that the African American’s would no longer tolerate prejudice. Each of these composers of these texts effectively uses distinctive voices to present their ideas and allow us to think about significant issues in the world we live in.

A young detective of the name of Claudia Valentine in the street of Sydney called in to investigate the mysterious death of Mark Banister. Claudia is suspicious and when she digs a little and the chase leads her to the underworld of Sydney. Where she plays cat and mice with the cities network of crime and corruption. The Most distinctive voice in the text would be that of the main character Claudia Valentine. The voice of Claudia is unique and original. She is independent and strong. These aspects ensure that her voice must be distinct from the voice of any other private investigator. She has the voice of a private investigator, illustrated as her comfortable use of jargon “The crims don’t discriminate anyway: they’ll blow away a women on their trail as readily as a man” Day has not only created a distinct voice for Claudia, but she has created a believable for a character that is appealing to the responder in many ways. Her voice is believable because of its lack of formality, often speaking in colloquial term familiar to an Australian reader. “A spanner in the works. The hi-tech heart spasming out of control” Claudia’s voice is...
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