2011 HSC: Question 1- Elective 1: Distinctive Voices (20 marks) In what ways are people and their experiences brought to life through distinctive voices? In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.
Through the use of techniques, writers are evidently able to create a wide range of distinctive voices and bring people and their experiences to life. When distinctive voices are created, it helps the reader to understand and perhaps even relate to the character of the text. The use of distinctive voices ensures people to be created and their experiences to be brought to life. "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender", written by Marele Day, is strategically able to create distinctive voices and experiences throughout the novel by incorporating a variety of characters including Claudia Valentine, a female investigator in big city Sydney, Australia, and Harry Lavender, the antagonist of the novel and the boss of Sydney's underworld. Day's strong and clever use of techniques, effectively create a range of significant, distinctive voices. In contrast, "Weapons Training" by Bruce Dawe is able to create a very strong, distinctive voice that brings to life the character of a strong-minded, stern drill sergeant, as he delivers a monologue to all the young new recruits. Both texts have used a deliberate choice of techniques, and creation of the distinctive voices within the texts.
Claudia Valentine is the main character of Marele Day's hard boiled crime fiction novel; 'The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender'. Claudia's character is quite significant as there are very few detective novels written and published that have a female private investigator as the main character. For the entirety of the novel, the style is set in first person narrative voice. This indicates the reader with be seeing the events through the character's eyes and hearing about them through her distinctive voice....
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