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Copy of Conflicting Perspectives

Module C: Representation and Text The Justice Game The Case of the Pope

Bronwyn Reed

on 18 September 2013

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Conflicting Perspectives
We are studying the 'Conflicting Perspectives' elective. You, as the students, are asked to:
But what does it mean?
You are also asked to evaluate and analyse how acts of representation can influence an audience's response to the text.
consider the ways in which conflicting perspectives are explored throughout your set text and related texts.
In this Module, you focus on 2 points!
Content of the text
and what it says about conflicting perspectives
Construction of the text
'how the text is a perspective in itself'
Let's break it down...
Using perspective to convey message to audience
Your perspective shaped by other perspectives?
How does the text explore conflicting perspectives through language forms and features of the text?
The set text you are studying is...
The Justice game
When studying a text in this module, your focus is...
Scathing, painfully honest review of legal system. Expores morality of the law.
Position as lawyer and judge affects objectivity. Useful perspective as he is 'part of the system'
Robertson's review of legal system inhibited by the emotion attached to each case (BIAS)
Trials of Oz
Diana in the Dock
We will use these two chapters as vehicles to answer the question...
Descriptive language- representation of Judge as a 'boring old fart' and out of touch with contemporary society
represented within the case (government-traditional, Oz-modern)
Juxtaposition of traditional values and modern ideals
Contrast between perspective
of powerful authority figure/s and the 'little people'
Trials of Oz
Mocking of traditional values
Seen through Robertson's scathing commentary on the Judge's naive atempt to cling to the past and his clear inability to understand the changing society. Example: Association of the judge to old and useless traditions (nosegay, outdated use of 'his Lordship's pen'), when the judge doesn'y know what a popular play that has been running for the last 3 years (Hair) is.
The Case Of The Pope
Representation of tradition suffocating contemporary society i.e when the defendants hair(symbol of modern 'hippism') is shaved off
The Case Of The Pope
Diana in the Dock
'She carried all before her, obtaining..orders of every kind against Taylor...effectively ruining him'
wanted 'an example' made of the defendant
wants a different level of privacy than the commoners
The Case Of The Pope
Comparision of privacy - in the gym, compared to an 'open shop window' in the public domain. Compared to the public domain of the newspapers as a violation of privacy
Loss of the Church as absolute authority over all aspects of society
You will also need a related text. The text I have chosen to use as an example is...
Why this text?
Because by using the same composer (Geoffrey Robertson), we could explore how his differing levels of subjectivity and the subject matter change the way the text is represented to the audience.
Due to the delicate nature of the subject matter in 'The Case of the Pope', Roberston must modify his narrative voice. In fact, there is no element of entertaining narration as is used to great effect in 'The Justice Game', but rather just a presentation of hard, cold (although outrageous) facts. In saying that, however, it is extremely difficult for a text to be free of bias, and Robertson's opinion still squeezes through via the use of emotive language.
"A devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world"
Conflicting Perspectives?
Perspective of YOU, the audience.
Every person's perception of a text is different. For example, if you weren't a Catholic and went to a public school, your response to the subject matter would likely be very different compared to a Catholic attending a private school.
Code of silence concerning priests 'priests help priests' no longer acceptable in society.
pg 17, chpter 2:Sins of the Fathers
As you move on to the next aspect, you must keep focusing on your question...
Robertson's interpretation: "..used by Amy Berg in her documentary, 'Deliver US From Evil'. It featured one paedophile priest, Father Oliver O'Grady, telling how he had been moved through 5 Californian parishes in a career of raping children; their testimony was harrowing and was juxtaposed with his, amoral and lacking in insight. The most moving scenes (because they moved to anger) were clips from depositions of senior churchmen, arrogantly excusing their own conduct."
Use of emotive language to great effect with facts: "The truly shocking finding is that 76% of child abuse allegations made against priests had never been reported to law enforcement authorities. Only 6% of accused priests had been convicted, and a mere 2% had received prison sentences..."
The Vatican granted immunity-'above' the common law
"Ratzinger's signature..on a 1985 letter, in which he place the 'good of the universal church' against the need to remove an incorrigible child rapist, was published by the press in 2010 and implicated the Pope in covering up the sexual abuse of children while he was head of the Vatican Office responsible for dealing with it."
Now Pope
The 'greater good'
victims cries fall on deaf ears in order to protect the Catholic Church
Metaphor: David and Goliath
Reference List
Geoffrey Robertson, 'The Justice Game'.
Geoffrey Robertson, 'The Case of the Pope'.
Class powerpoints.
Syllabus document.
Robertson still shows his view point, through tone (satirical/sardonic) and persuasive language in both texts
'The judge believed he was dealing with dangerous criminals...' The Trials Of Oz, The Justice Game.
'But this defensive reaction-to blame sex abuse on permissive America and its newspapers and attorneys-could not survive the evidence from 3 judicial enquiries into the churhc of the Republic of Ireland, where it turns out that molestation...has been 'endemic'. Chpter 2, Sins of the Fathers, The Case of the Pope.
Language forms and features
To Sum Up...
Both texts can be used to explore conflicting perspectives in the following ways:
Exploration of the subjectivity of the texts and the message the composer intends to convey to the audience.
How language forms and features such as tone, persuasive language, emotive language, juxtaposition, contrast of ideas, motifs and metaphor (e.g. Dvid vs. Goliath) can be used to represent conflicting perspectives
The representation of the subject matter
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