Bruce Dawe Essay
Dialogue in text, adds to our understanding about people, social issues and life. Poems that use dialogue include ‘Weapons Training’, ‘Pleasant Sunday Afternoon’ and ‘Enter without so much of knocking’, written by Bruce Dawe. The themes these poems express include strive for happiness and fulfilment and make the most of life. Another text that also displays these themes is ‘Friday’ directed by F. Gary Grey. This essay will explore the study of dialogue and how it gives a better understanding of human nature and relationships. The poem ‘Weapons Training’ written by Bruce Dawe is monologue from military instructor that is lecturing recruits on what to do in a battle situation. Dawe expresses his ideas about military life using techniques such as humorous tone and vivid imagery. Dawe uses humorous tone in the poem to express how the speaker is of a higher rank and therefore very self-confident, because of this he humiliates his recruits. An example of this is when the speaker says ‘open that drain you call a mind and listen’ the speaker says this to make the recruits feel small and defenceless so they fall in line. This technique is also used in the movie ‘Friday’ where smokey is telling Craig about how deebo (the neighbourhood bully) has some kind of mind control over him but is really fearful of deebo. An example of this is when smokey says “I got mind control over Deebo. He be like 'shut the f**k up.' I be quiet. But when he leave, I be talking again.” This is all so the recruits pay attention to what he says so they hopefully survive battle. Vivid imagery is used by Dawe to show the recruits and readers what can happen in war, ‘they’re on you and your tripe’s are around your neck’, and this is saying that if the recruits don’t listen they may be killed. Irony is used throughout the poem; an example of this is the title “Pleasant Sunday Afternoon” the title coaxes you to believe that the poem is about a “pleasant” Sunday afternoon, he chooses...
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