George Harvey: Animal or man?

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George Harvey: Animal or man?. Objective: to explore the character of George Harvey . What connections might we draw between childhood Harvey and adult Harvey? What is your impression of the character?. As a child… His mother teaches him how to shoplift
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George Harvey:Animal or man?Objective: to explore the character of George Harvey What connections might we draw between childhood Harvey and adult Harvey? What is your impression of the character?As a child…
  • His mother teaches him how to shoplift
  • His mother teaches him to rob memorials to roadside fatalities (often taking trinkets and charms)
  • His parents have an unstable relationship and his father is abusive
  • He thinks that ‘life should be lived not as a child or a woman’ as they are the ‘two worst things to be’
  • As an adult…- He likes to build dolls houses
  • He is a sexual predator, rapist and serial killer
  • He lives on a typical, suburban, family orientated street
  • He has a professional, stable job
  • His victims are all women and usually young
  • He kills Susie Salmon, who comes from a loving, suburban home
  • Harvey’s Early Life (p.188-190)How would you describe the relationship between Harvey and his mother? Give reasons for your answer.How does Sebold use this episode to create sympathy/understanding for Harvey?Liar, liarImagine you’re in Harvey’s shoes. You’re talking to the police about Susie’s murder and need to make yourself seem as innocent as possible. How will you approach this situation?Consider the following:- Register
  • Lexical choices
  • Paralanguage (body language)
  • How to tell a convincing lieNow re-read the episode on pages 192/193QuestionHow does Harvey manage to manipulate the officers in this passage?Tip: Use the ‘questions for analysing texts’ to help you’.Did you get?
  • Formal, concerned register
  • A ready story that seems well rehearsed
  • Sympathetic lexis ‘the poor girl’
  • Convincing use of paralanguage placed his fingers to his pursed lips
  • Dominates conversation throughout – unequal turn taking, holds the floor with his theories
  • Seems modest and polite by using hedges (softening words) I think, perhaps, forgive me
  • Emotive language the horror of it has obsessed me
  • Diary of a serial killer Using your knowledge from this lesson, write a short entry from Harvey’s diary following his murder of Susie. You may wish to re-read page 50 to remind yourself of his feelings directly after the act. When you have done this, add to the George Harvey mindmap in your booklet.
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