Representations of speech. To explore discourse structure within The Lovely Bones. Discourse Structure . This is the scariest of all the frameworks we use, but basically all we need to ask ourselves is: ‘How does the text fit together? Why has the writer chosen to put it together in this way?’.
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To explore discourse structure within The Lovely Bones
This is the scariest of all the frameworks we use, but basically all we need to ask ourselves is:
‘How does the text fit together? Why has the writer chosen to put it together in this way?’
‘Hello Dave. I’ve been expecting you’ she …
‘Really. Why’s that, Emily?’ he …
‘Well that would be telling’ she…
‘Now you’re beginning to scare me’ he …
Up for a challenge? Add some adverbs to the mix
Task: mood e.g. terrifying/aggressive/friendly/flirtyFind a page in The Lovely Bones which includes a variety of different reporting clauses. Write a paragraph explaining how the reporting clauses add interest to the narrative?
Direct Speech –
Free Direct Speech –
Aiming for an A? Why do you think writers would choose to use a variety of each?
Often, Sebold uses direct speech (with reporting clauses) to slow the pace of an extract and free direct speech (without reporting clauses) to speed up the pace of an extract.
Sophie to Angelika:
Find one example of an extract including direct speech to slow the pace
Masha to Rebecca
Find an extract with free direct speech to speed it up. Make a note of your extract and be prepared to share with the class.
Susie’s omniscient narration is an important part of the way our text is structured. Everything we see is from her point of view and the narrative is constantly interrupted by her thoughts, feelings, opinions and memories.
What do you think about this narrative? Do you like it? What are the pros and cons?
How is Lindsey’s adolescence presented to us in this section? In pairs, jot down some ideas, paying particular attention to discourse structuree.g.
Susie’s omniscient narration