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Sunday, 16 January 2011
Enduring Love Narrative
After that we split in to groups and analysed quotes. We identified what type of narrative they were, and in what way they were being said, such as:
"Mum, can I have a dog for my birthday."
Birthday and Christmas?"
We also studied 3 critical extracts in our groups. Such as "Fictional conversation is a literary skill, rather than a hearing of voices.", John Mullan. After this, we looked in to "How do writers dialogue?" There were 3 examples given:
1- Direct Speech: Using the words of the speakers. For instance: "well", says Judge Gurie "well, well, well". She then turned to me.
2- Reported Speech: Example: Judge Gurie sarcastically indicates her suprise.
3- Free Direct Speech: Uses the words of the characters, but without any speech tags. Example: Well. Vernon, I'm not going to turn you down this time.
Then, more analysation of 'How writers use dialogue.', and we discussed the use of idioms - i.e. "Over the moon." On the sheet, it said there are many ways in which writers convey voices and develop characters in a range of ways; such as "the length of character utterances", "the use of idioms", "standard English or recieved pronunciation". Writers also use dialogue to "establish contrasts between chracters, move the plot along, explore key ideas in narrative and create moments of tension."
We established Enduring Love uses Direct Speech. The last thing we had to do was find a quote and show how it sums up a character. I chose Joe's line of "It was nothing. Wrong number, go back to sleep" as I thought it summed up his attempt to dominate everthing and everyone. He likes to be in control of everything (doesn't believe in things that aren't proved by science, i.e. religion) and is a bit of a control freak.
Comment on this.
Read pages 99-161 of Enduring Love. I think it's 161, I wrote it on my hand but it rubbed off!!!!