Lennie James

Topics: Mara Salvatrucha, Gang, Los Angeles Pages: 4 (1230 words) Published: March 30, 2014

Prescribed question: “If the text had been written in a different time or place or language or for a different audience, how and why might it differ?” My question: “If this text was an open letter in a Los Angeles or Salvadorian newspaper aimed at MS-13, how and why might it be different?” Title of the text for analysis: “This is No Way to be a Man” – Lennie James Part of the course to which the task refers: Part 3 – Literature: Text and Context My critical response will:

Comment on the way the letters begins and explain the reason the author has chosen this type of introduction to attract his target audience. •Explore the author’s words, and why he has chosen this type of language in this text particularly to identify with his audience. •Analyze the different target audience, and the changes that would be made in order for this letter to be successful in a new context. •Consider a possible author for the new letter, and why he has been chosen. •Conclude by mentioning how the author has been able to communicate with his audience and why this is effective for these kind of readers.

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The effect on these texts is based solely on the audience that it has been aimed for, as well as the purpose. In this essay I will be exploring how different the impact of these texts would be if they were directed to a different target audience. Firstly I’m going to talk about the original text: An open letter from a British actor: Lennie James, talking about children wielding knives. This letter was originally printed in a newspaper. I’m going to find out the way he identifies himself with his target audience by using a specific language/content. Afterwards, I’m going to explore how these two factors would change if we completely switched the audience to Salvadorian members of the gang MS-13. This letter was published in June...

Bibliography: • "La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)." Weblog post. All-Encompassingly. N.p., n.d. Web. .
• James, Lennie. "This Is No Way to Be a Man." The Observer (printed 14 Jun 2008). Accessed at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jun/08/knifecrime.ukcrime
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