A responder of the ‘Telling Stories’ module has learnt that Henry Lawson’s story telling style creates a special relationship with his readers, inviting them to share in on the emotion of his characters. This is the power of narrative. He uses narration by using ordinary characters in extremely isolated outback settings, who live in inhospitable conditions. To outline Lawsons’ expression of the different ideas and views towards the outback and bush characters through his short stories, this quote [‘ “ I wrote nothing I had not myself seen or experienced” ’.] emphasizes these ideas, and displays clearly his characterisation.
Henry Lawson uses many narrative techniques to convey his thoughts and feelings, and this is evident through ‘In a dry season’ and ‘The loaded dog’. Other narrators also utilise the many narrative techniques to convey their ideas as shown in the film, ‘GATE’ produced by Peter Carstains and a painting titled ‘The Drovers wife’ painted by Russell Drysdale. Through the use of many different narrative techniques each composer’s attempt in altering the perception of a reader is displayed through the above texts and conveys how successful their stories are.
‘In a dry season’ written by Lawson, is a story about a traveller who is heading on a train in the heat of summer descriptively observing the quiet country railway towns and the types of people that live there. Lawson’s purpose is to inform a responder about the life in the bush and how harsh it is, describing the bush and rural characters. His intention to express his feelings about the monotony of the countryside and about the social injustice is clearly expressed.
This story is a sketch of Lawsons observations, the surrounding of a train track from Bathurst to Bourke. The story begins using imagery where the bush is being described in generic terms [“Draw a wire fence and a few ragged gums, and add some scattered sheep running away from the train.”], which establishes the monotony and...