Slut Trouble

I denne study guide hjælper vi dig til at analysere Beejay Silcox' novelle “Slut Trouble”, som indgik i skriftlig eksamen i Engelsk A på STX den 22. maj 2019 (gammel, digital ordning). Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af teksten samt idéer til fortolkning og perspektivering.

Eksamensspørgsmål

Write an analytical essay (900-1200 words) in which you analyse and interpret Beejay Silcox’s short story “Slut Trouble”.

Part of your essay must focus on the narrator. In addition your essay must include an analysis of the style of writing in lines 142-147.

Your essay must include references to the short story.

Præsentation af teksten

Title: “Slut Trouble” (2017)
Author: Beejay Silcox
Genre: Short story

Beejay Silcox er en australsk forfatter og litteraturkritiker. Hun har vundet flere priser for sin skønlitteratur og har senest bidraget til antologierne Meanjin A-Z: Fine Fiction 1980 to Now og Best Summer Stories 2018. Den roste novelle “Slut Trouble” blev udgivet første gang i 2016 og blev siden genudgivet i antologien Best Australian Stories 2017.

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Vejledning til analytical essay

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Choice of words and style of writing

The language employed in Beejay Silcox’s story “Slut Trouble” is descriptive in several ways. The choice of words sometimes indicates the physical setting of the story – terms such as “ocky strap” (l. 55) and “honkey nuts” (l. 114) are specific to Australia, indicating that the events in the story take place there. Colloquialisms such as “bloody stupid” (l. 81) help create the realistic atmosphere in the story. Vulgar words such as “slut” (l. 90), “fucking”(l. 37), etc. also contribute to the realistic setting, and help with characterisation – for example, by suggesting that Megan wants to appear grown up by swearing: “ ‘When did you get so fucking boring?’” (l.37) .

The author also uses fragmented sentences – for example, to emphasise Julie-Anne’s beauty, but also Laura’s growing fascination with her, the narrator states: “Just look at that wide-open face. Beautiful. There’s no better word for it.” (ll. 23-24). Another example of a fragmented sentence is “There is only dark against my skin – the dark and her heavy eyes.” (l. 137). This sentence helps suggest the intimate and tense atmosphere in the girls’ tent.

Short sentences are then used to convey Laura’s state of mind, but also to portray her as the typical teenager, who gets bored easily: “Megan is bored. Her room is boring. Her house is boring. TV is boring. I am boring.” (l. 54)

 

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