Language Analysis

I will be analysing the ‘James Lavelle’ magazine article, written by in September 2017 by Dorian Lynskey.

This article was published in a biography format. As it is a biography format, the writer does not really get a say in anything that happens, and thus this article has no biased impact from the person writing it. Everything in it is presumed true, as it is meant to be exactly what had happened, and there is no personal opinion in there. This article writes about the very lowest point of James Lavelle’s career, and how the now millionaire hit rock bottom, and was thousands in debt.

Therefore, this biography has quite a low down and depressing feel to it, before obviously getting better and giving off a feel good, and overcoming story. Resonating well with young up and comers who also want to make it in the music industry, and also people who like these kind of feel good turn around life stories.

Language devices used in this biography include:

  • Expletives/Hyperbole – Makes the biography fascinating, and also shows raw passion
  • Dates/Facts/Statistics – Gives the reader a sense that everything in this article is true. Statistics are not subjective, thus this article must be unbiased.
  • Adjectives – Describe what James Lavelle is like, therefore appealing to people who don’t know who he is or what he is like, and if they like how he is described, follow up and learn more about him.

Despite this common Language devices such as similes and metaphors were missing, probably due to similes and them not actually meaning what they are saying, and therefore not being true. Nothing in this autobiography was ‘like’ something, or ‘as something as something else’, this was all true things that happened. This makes the magazine raw, and more realistic to an audience. It puts them in his shoes, nothing was sugarcoated.

Quotes were also used after expositions was written by the writer Dorian Lynskey. These quotes explain the inner workings of the mind of Mr. Lavelle, and tell us things from his point of view, something even the writer of this cannot dispute. Lavelle swears a lot in his quotes, showing how raw and real this all was to him. As a result, the reader will experience a new perspective of what it is like to be in the music industry.

In conclusion, the James Lavelle’s story is represented relatively unbiased, trying to give the audience a little taste of how sometimes life is tough, and even professionals go through tough times before making it to the top. An aspiring audience can definitely take a thing or two from this biography.


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