Study Guide – The Australian Experience
English Standard – Year 11
Raw by Scott Monk Mandatory Tasks
Study Creative Process – Language and structure
Read the transcript of the interview with Scott Monk. Make notes on: What inspired him to write the story? What influenced him in choosing the setting for the story? What techniques did he use throughout the novel, List these and provide an example of each.
When Scott Monk was watching A Current Affair, he was inspired to write his novel ‘Raw’ as he saw story that featured a story about a detention Centre for young offenders in far north Queensland. It focused on a program run by a husband and wife team who took on young offenders under their wings. Just like in Monks novel, this real life scenario would go on stock rides, wake the young people at the crack of dawn and muck around waterfalls. It was the last chance the offenders had before being sent to prison.
Monk knowing from the beginning that he wanted city and country chose the setting. By knowing this he then went to pick exact locations by thinking of other details such as knowing he didn’t want Brett coming from a wealthy background and had higher rates of unemployment. Monk was also trying to convey the feelings of isolation young people in the Western suburbs sometimes have.
Throughout the novel, Monk has used a number of techniques such as:
Third person – Viewing onto Brett’s life throughout the story
Imagery – The name ‘Frog’ portrays a poor helpless creature, which Robbie Scully is.
Onomatopoeia – The horse ride having cicadas, the bush and birds making noise.
Oxymoron’s – harsh happiness – paints interesting scenes.
Symbolism – weather changes with emotions.
Short sentences – BANG!
Attribute listing – Characterisation
List Brett’s personality attributes at the beginning of the novel as compared to the end of the novel. For each attribute listed,