Extended English Essay - "Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo" and "Lex and Rory"

Essay by raotownHigh School, 10th gradeB, June 2004

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There are many themes and topics that authors and directors can choose but the theme for the novel "Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo" by Tim Winton, and film "Lex & Rory" is very similar. Both these narratives expressed the same issues, some of which were bullying, popularity, relationships and male and female characteristics. Although these texts have similar issues, they do have differences such as how the issues that were used were constructed. This essay will discuss the similarities of the issues between the two texts and how theses issues are constructed.

Both narratives used relationships to play a great part, relationships such as friendships, family and love.

Love played a large part between the two narratives. In Lex & Rory, Lex knew all about Dai and how she felt deep inside even more than Dai's father because Lex supported Dai's wish to go to arts school since that was what she wanted, but her father wanted her to go into business and follow in his foot steps.

That was when she wanted to kill herself because he would not let go to art school but Lex came to the rescue and showed Dai that he was always there caring for her. In the text "Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo", Lockie loved Vicki Streeton but Vicki's expectation of life is not based on morality. If she liked something, she did it and this often caused a conflict between Lockie and Vicki and is the main reason why their relationship soured. It seems that in these texts both the main male characters made the first move in the forming of their relationships.

Both narratives use family relationships. We know the background of the main characters, so we can understand them. In "Lex and Rory", Dai's mother cares about...