Topics: Hardboiled, Crime fiction, Claudia Palacios Pages: 3 (895 words) Published: April 2, 2013
Distinctive voices can change our perceptions and views towards an individual. All texts present distinctive voices, no matter what form of text or who the composer is. Distinctive voices are created in texts through the use of the characters, enemies and setting.. creates the distinctive voice of a “hard-boiled” detective This is evident in Marele Day’s novel commencing with ‘The blonde slept on. Thank god the black suit was hanging in the wardrobe”. By using no specific gender, the reader is per swayed into assuming the character is a male, like all stereotypical hard detectives,it’s not until the third page has been read that the audience realises that the “hard-boiled” detective is actually a female by the name of Claudia Valentine. This is effective because it challenges the audience’s knowledge of stereotypes and mystery/crime texts, this assists with gaining the readers interest pursuing them to read on. Voice is made distinctive by tone, language and dialogue. What a character says can highlight a particular character trait of an individual. Voice can also help to communicate meaning including thematic concerns. Each individual speaks and writes uniquely, according to their vocabulary, sentence structure, purpose, audience and context. Marele Day utilized a crime fiction genre to create a unique and strong voice of Claudia Valentine and Harry Lavender. Day employs a first person narrative to both the distinctive voices to involve the responder into the experiences being presented. Claudia valentine, the protagonist has a very distinctive voice, Marele Day portrays this by subverting the audiences presumptions of Claudia as a damsel in distress who is not independent or strong and needs some one to rescue her. However claudia is a strong intelligent hard boiled detective who always has her mind set on the mystery. The distinct voice of claudia valentine is shown in Marcel Day's novel the life and crimes of harry lavender where a simile and paradox is...
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