The Life And Crimes Of Harry Lavender Analysis

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Misinterpretation is a common mistake made among society today. The Australian novel, ‘The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender’, by Marele Day explores the power of deceit and how it affects modern society. Traditional male detectives are challenged in order to question the common perceptions of gender stereotypes. The impact of criminal activity throughout Sydney is conveyed through the personification of the city. The composer addresses these issues as well as the deceit throughout Sydney during the 1980s with the use of various techniques.

The author has constructed Valentine’s character to question the traditional male detective. The protagonist is introduced in a first person narrative, which is purposely gender non-specific, presenting

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