Distinctive Voices Analysis

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Distinctive voices are expressed through individuals and make vibrant by understanding their situations. Individuals in this contextual understanding represents the minority and through distinctive voices it allows the responders to develop an understanding of their struggles. This is shown, in Ray Lawler’s 1950s play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Omar Musa’s spoken poetry Capital Letters, where they express the notion of change and ageing. With consideration to both composers context, Lawler's 1950s Carlton Melbourne and Musa’s 1990’s Queanbeyan, the realist setting aids to the further understanding of distinctive voices. Change is a phenomenon that can’t be stop, it is a process that keeps the world rotating, some people thrive on change and others struggle, this concept is derived in Lawler’s…show more content…
This concept is explored by the distinctive voices of individuals of the play. Olive’s voice describes her two friends from the north in high regards "...the regulars'd stand aside to let 'em through, just as if they was a - a coupla kings.” This metaphor shows that, these two companions light up the town when they arrive as if they were kings, she also uses a direct tone to implicate the fact that these two were much better than the locals as the regulars would stand aside to let them through. Olive’s voice her modern voice over hypes the boys, this plays in to the notion of ageing as her two kings has aged, they were just some blue collared middle aged men “Aussie Larrikans” one has loss his charms and the other loss his power. Lawler uses Olive’s voice to say that at one stage of our lives we are on top of the world, kings, but we can never stay at the top and we can’t stop this ageing factor. The audience can relate to this as in the 1950’s soldiers in their 20s return home and were seen as kings in their own right, but that does last forever as we all age in

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