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Language techniques in Blueback

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Transcript of Language techniques in Blueback

Tim Winton uses a variety of language techniques and devices in
Blueback
that help to convey and communicate his purposes.
INTERVIEW
TRANSCRIPT
3. Language use.
Figurative language
Emotive language
As an interviewer you are to ask questions of the author that explore (and then answer) why the author chooses to use conventions such as:
Dialogue
Narrator's voice
Emotive language
Descriptive language
Figurative language
Rhetorical questioning
Simile
Example:
"He saw the sun melting like butter on white dunes".
Where is it?:
Chapter 7; page 48
What is the effect of this technique?:
It gives the reader a very strong visual image of how hot the day was.
Dialogue:
"This is my life. I never want to leave".

Where is it?:
Chapter 7; page 49.

What is the effect of this technique?:
This is a direct quote from Abel speaking to his Mum. It shows how much Abel loves Longboat Bay and how closely he feels connected to it.
Dialogue
Narrator's voice
Example:
"The sky was wide and blue above them and the bay was quiet, so quiet".

Where is it?:
Chapter 4; page 35

What is the effect of this technique?
: Mad Macka has just died and Tim Winton is describing the mood of the characters by speaking about the surroundings. It is quite an eerie feeling.
Example:
"Her fingers were stiff with arthritis and engines defeated her".

Where is it?:
Chapter 13; page 81

What is the effect of this technique?:
Rather than simply saying 'Dora is old and can't use machinery anymore', Tim Winton uses emotive language to convey that same message. The reader not only knows she is old but also feels sorry for her.
Personification
Example:
"Home throbbed in him like a headache".
Where is it?:
Chapter 5; page 40
What is the effect of this technique?:
Abel is now at boarding school and Tim Winton is describing how Abel is feeling being away from home.
Metaphor
Example:
"He felt the broad blade of the fish's tail against his chest..."
Where is it?:
Chapter 7; page 50
What is the effect of this technique?:
It describes how
strong Blueback is with a direct comparison.
Descriptive language
Example:
"The mosaic of its scales shone in the morning sun".

Where is it?:
Chapter 1; page 16

What is the effect of this technique?:
Tim Winton uses
descriptive language to paint a picture of how Blueback
looks when Abel first meets him.
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