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Module C "The Craft of Writing"
Quotes from Module C texts
Terms in this set (17)
Analysis: This line is reflective of the child's view of superiority over the owl. This is a monumental stage in the text, where the child gains a sense of confidence that they know all there is to know about life and death. This 'increase in knowledge' is a major factor toward the child's loss of innocence.
"A wisp-haired judge whose law would punish beak and claw"
Analysis: This line demonstrates the child accepting the truth about their actions. The child's innocence is lost, and the imagery conjured from this line suggests that the child is now dependent on the father. Thus, the roles of power and authority are now subverted back to the original.
"I leaned my head upon my father's arm and wept"
Analysis: The child is convinced that they fully understand the concept of death. However, once they shoot the owl, they are plunged into the realities of life and death. They witness the gruesome suffering and cruelty they inflicted onto the owl, and begin to realise the horrors of death.
"A lonely child who believed death clean and final"
Analysis: The child thinks of themself as the judge who is in complete control of whether the owl lives or dies. The owl at this point can be seen as symbolic of the father, as it is established from the beginning that the child is intent on challenging the authority of their father.
"Master of life and death"
Analysis: This line provides the setting for the poem.
"Daybreak... I rose, blessed by the sun"
Analysis: The owl is portrayed as nocturnal, and the time is confirmed to be during the early morning.
"With daylight-riddled eyes"
Analysis: The father acts as the voice of reason. He tells the child to face the reality of its actions when he makes it put the animal out of its misery. The lesson the child has learned here marks its loss of innocence.
"End what you have begun"
Analysis: The child sees the wounded owl and realises that their actions were wrong. They now understand that the horrific damage that they have done in their quest to 'grow up'.
"Eyes that did not mirror my cruelty"
Analysis: Pearson creates a sense of humanity, as he refers to Gough Whitlam as an old man, dismissing his 'title' and speaking about him as a 'human'
"This old man"
Analysis: There is a heavy use of political language in this passage, which allows Pearson to elaborate on his previous example of Eddie Mabo's famous court win in 1982. Through this, he also cements the importance of Whitlam's political career
"There was no political or media uproar.... in the democratic forums or procedures of the state or the nation"
Analysis: This is a historical reference to the induction of the Whitlam government's "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Queensland Discriminatory Laws Act" in June 1975. This description of the law then allows Pearson to use a personal anecdote, where he discusses his early life under the Whitlam government's laws
"The law put to purpose the power conferred upon the Commonwealth Parliament by the 1967 referendum"
Analysis: The persuasive technique of ethos is used here, as Pearson conjures feelings of sadness and pity for Old man Koowarta, an islander who was disallowed the right to buy land from a white owner. Although he won a court case to overturn this, he was still not given permission to buy land
"Old man Koowarta died a broken man, the winner of a landmark High Court precedent but the victim of an appalling discrimination"
Analysis: Cumulative listing is used in this section to highlight all the milestones achieved and the initiatives implemented by Gough Whitlam throughout his time in government. This extensive listing is engineered to create a sense of breathlessness in the reader. This passage is then contrasted with a punctuating short sentence immediately after
5 → "Apart from the Medibank and Trade Practices Act........... and Senate representation for the territories".
Analysis: Imagery is used here to portray Whitlam as a human, and appeal to the memories and emotions of listeners
"And the Prime Minister with that classical Roman mien..... in turn infuriating his enemies and delighting hs followers"
Analysis: This is a contextual reference to Monty Python's "Life of Brian". It is ironic, as the Romans are credited with achieving many important things, such as the building of roads
" And 38 years later we are like John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin's Jewish insurgents ranting against the despotic rule of Rome, defiantly demanding 'and what did the Romans ever do for us anyway?"
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