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Topics: Hardboiled, Crime fiction, Detective fiction Pages: 4 (1249 words) Published: September 4, 2013
Harry Lavender Deconstruction
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 used “I woke up felling like death. Ironically appropriate given what the day held in store”. Here we see how Valentine is living life close to the edge and helps build suspence blah blahh bla so all u have to do is go "the distincive voice of this person is shown when then chuck a quote in and write a sentece telling the technique and explaining the quote

Technique & Justification
Harry Lavenderpowerful, arrogant, smug, egotistical, sinister, ominous

“I wake from this dream with the same coffin smile”
-Metaphor, Personification
Superhuman qualities, the feeling that he is pure evil as we think of vampires in coffins with wicked smiles brings out his distinctive voice.

“Every person living and breathing, and many that were dead knew the name of that cancerous growth that went by the name of harry lavender” -Metaphor
Gives us the feeling that he was unstoppable
And detestable

Claudia Valentine - independent, tough, strong, intelligent, street smart, observant, confident, witty

“I woke up felling like death. Ironically appropriate given what the day held in store”. -Simile, Paradox
Shows she is living life on the edge close to death

"one step closer to heaven was the crematorium"
Shows the witty side to Valentine
Hardboiled detectives are witty

“Karate had taught me more than just high kicks” p34
Shows she is tough and independent

“The deroes... started on their liquid breakfast”p2
Metaphor, seedy lower class, urban setting, establishes the hardboiled setting.

The Setting/Sydney city seedy,
“The flower shop was near Kinselas an elegant night spot that used to be a funeral parlour but where people now ate devilled kidneys and crumbed brains in the former chapel and afterward went upstairs for the show”.

-Juxtaposition of images...
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