Marel’s day novel the Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender explores ominious ideas about corruption in the 1980’s of Sydney through a distinctive narrative point of view

Marel’s day novel the Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender explores ominious ideas about corruption in the 1980’s of Sydney through a distinctive narrative point of view. The search for meaning and truth behind the many facades of characters and settings. Claudia herself uses her strong outer to hide her own suffering by her father, her loss at being separated from her children after divorce. Underneath her exterior, she has a caring beating heart. Day explores the theme the role of technology throughout the pacemaker in marks heart. “The closest thing to marks dead body was the computer. And closer still, in the dead heart of the body, was the pacemaker”. Repetition of “dead” creates an ominous tone. It creates a confronting emotional impact as we see that Mark’s physical body is no longer alive, a result of the peacemaker. The repetition also creates an ominous tone, therefore showing Day’s view of technology as a possible cause of destruction.

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