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The Life & Crimes of Harry Lavender

The Life & Crimes of Harry LavenderDistinctive voicesDetective/Crime fictionCrime Fiction is essentially about the solving of a crime, usually a mystery of murder. Crime Fiction texts question what it is to be human and raise questions about identity. The main feature of crime fiction is the plot and the story always reflects the culture and social values of when it was written. The texts are often part of a series featuring the same detective. The plot can also reflect the social changes of the time. Hard-boiled fictionThe most recognized characteristic of hard-boiled fiction is the tough-talking, streetwise, risk taking, cynical detective who lives societies edges and solved crafty murder cases.http://heavymetaltime.webs.com/thecrimefictiongenre.htm2Voice English K-10 Syllabus pg 217 In reference to a text, voice means the composer's voice the idea of a speaking consciousness, the controlling presence or 'authorial voice' behind the characters, narrators and personas in a text. It is also described as the implied composer. The particular qualities of the composer's voice are manifested by such things as her or his method of expression (such as an ironic narrator) and specific language.Pages 1-14What was your first reaction to the speaker?What hints about the case appear in this section?Sydney is depicted unusually as very squalid and crime ridden. What image of Sydney are we more commonly used to? Why does Day change this?How does Day create suspense in this section?Questions answered in class4Page 15What was your first reaction to the speaker?List the ways Day represents the speaker as selfish and arrogant.Compare the two dreams. How has Day used language to make them clear opposites?5Page 16-40What do we learn about the minor characters? List all the things you discover.List four comments about the Australian way of life.Technology dates very quickly. What aspects of the description have dated already?Look at each of the minor characters. What different language styles typify their voice?

Pages 41-42What is Days attitude to the Australian children? How do you know?Explain why being remembered and glorified might be so important to a refugee child like this?Pages 43-64How does Day make it clear that Sally is an actress with her emotions?What do we learn about Claudia from her discussion with Steve?What do we learn about Steve from his discussion with Claudia?Pages 65-66Describe the tone of this section. How does it make us feel about the speaker?Do we know who Nolan is? Why is the name mentioned?How worthy do you think this man is of the recognition he desires?Pages 67-82What do we learn about Claudia from the fight scene?Why do you think Ronny has received information she was not to be hunted down?Does Claudia speak differently when she is with Steve as opposed to when she is working? Give examples.How would you describe Steve? How is this reflected in the language he uses?pages 83-84What 5 things have you learned about Sydney you did not know before?What is the speakers attitude towards those in authority? How are language features used to represent this attitude?Pages 85-131How is the language used to describe her time with Steve different to that which follows after she realises someone has been in her room?How might an underbelly lord have caused a journalists decline?How would you describe the language of Guys article? Explain what sort of person you think he was by this article?What evidence is there that Sally is somehow involved in Marks death?Why does Claudia think Steve is involved?

Pages 132-134What does the fascination with technology reveal about Harry Lavender?What is Lavenders tone as he tells of killing Mark?What is your final reaction to Lavender? Is he as impressive as he think he is? Pages 135-169Explain how her name can be the password and what is the point of Lavenders message?What do Ottos actions and words reveal about his character?

charactersNameAgePersonalityAppearanceRelationshipsClaudia ValentineMark BannisterSally VillosSteve AngellOttoMrs LevackHarry LavenderRobbie MacmillanCarol RawlinsClaudia valentine

Claudia valentine quotes"I woke up feeling like death.""I didn't recall issuing the invitation but I must have."My legs are my best weapon.""...the smell was there, the smell of intrusion.""I felt sympathy for her but it was too late.""The old boys' network had begun.""And meeting an angel had certainly brightened up my day.""...an ash-tray: full...and a bottle of Jack Daniels, empty...""They looked like cops, or hired muscle.""But in Sydney, money buys status.""Crime figures who are, themselves, respectable businessmen.""Idon't carry a gun like some of my more cowboy colleagues." " 'No,'I said, matching her word for word"The BMW guys, fat cats (the rich) surfer guys' conversation dropped to the ground like pebbles as white as porcelain.

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Harry lavender quotes"I am famous, a legend in my time.""Oh yes, they will remember."Its growth and mine are inexorably linked."My address in the city is The Beehive.""In the world of the hive deviation is not tolerated."Technology is light years ahead of ethics.""The motherboard could last forever but the casement of flesh is crumbling...""I stand on top of my city.""We cannot help but create in our own image.""All artifacts are mirrors."