Daniel Andrews’ Response to the Murder of Eurydice Dixon
This article has been written by Liam McAlary, a Years 7 – 12, VCE Legal Studies and VCE English Language Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Liam then please check out his page here.
Hey guys, sorry for the delay in getting this out to you. This is my last article on formal language, before I move on to writing about the best part of this course (in my opinion), which is Australian English and national identity. This article is from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and it relates to the recent rape and murder (alleged) of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon.
The post was made on June 15 at 12:04pm, and a link to his Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndrewsMP/
Firstly, I would like to discuss the syntax used by Mr Andrews. For most of the text, he uses mostly declarative sentences such as, “she had a phone,” and, “We’ll never change… we do.” At this stage of his post, the Premier is first describing what Ms Dixon was doing in the lead up to the attack and, then discussing the attitudes towards violence against women, so declarative sentences are appropriate. The use of these sentence types enables the Premier to convey information to readers and to try and promote change in society, particularly in relation to some of the attitudes surrounding violence against women. Furthermore, he primarily uses simple sentences to try and convey information succinctly and they better enable him to use parallelisms, which are also extensively used. These parallelisms show that the Premier has thought about and planned his post, as well as helping to ensure the post forces readers to think about the issue of violence against women and to draw attention to the fact that the attitudes towards it presently do not help solve the problem.
The use of pronouns in this post is also a significant feature worth discussing. The use of the pronoun, “we,” enables the Premier to demonstrate that problematic attitudes towards violence against women are a major issue for the entire Victorian community that society needs to deal with. Further, the pronoun, “she,” is also particularly important. Not only is it an anaphoric reference, which aids the cohesion of the post, but it also serves to allow the Premier to make the post more personal and is therefore more likely to promote a positive response from those who read it.
This article has a lot more features that can also be discussed and is one that may be worth keeping in your example bank.
Finally, I thought that I should remind you that the Victorian state election is on November 24 this year and if you turn 18 on or before this date, you must enrol to vote, which can be done at www.aec.gov.au/enrol.
I hope this was useful and I will have another article for you in a couple of days.
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