Bourke Street Massacre Analysis Essay

Recently parole walker, Dimitrious Gargasoulas brutally ended the lives of six people during his infamous Bourke Street rampage. This tragedy has sparked widespread debate on Victoria’s bail system and the individuals who implement these laws. This is because, the sense of safety on the streets of Melbourne has been “ripped” apart due to this “horrific” incidence, causing Melbournians to feel “failed” by the judiciary system. Senator of Victoria and founder of the Justice Party, Derryn Hinch’s editorial ‘Bourke Street massacre: Victoria’s justice system fails again’ (Herald Sun 24/1/2017) plays on the fears of Melbournians to argue that the “power” should be “give[n] to the experts”, the police. Adopting a pessimistic yet passionate tone,…

Structurally, the author beings in this way to evoke the emotions of disgust and disappointment before pointing the finger at the unjust bail system and the politicians. By descripting Gargasoulas as a “killer on wheels”, the writer is able to create these emotions using strong imagery of a ruthless murderer destroying everything in his path. Shifting to a disapproving tone, the opinion piece then states that “hell will and should, break lose”; however the author does point the finger at Gargasoulas rather it targets the true criminal, the bail system. By juxtaposing these two, the author is able to present to his audience, that both, the image of the ruthless killer and the bail system are both to blame. The writer chooses to present his argument by tweeting his opinion, rather than simply writing it in his article. The author aims to portray to his readers that his opinion of the bail system has been favorited 590 times, showing that his opinion is well received in the community. Therefore, the audience should also trust his opinion as he has a popular view on this issue. The opinion piece than focuses on how the issue does not just affects the city of Melbourne yet it affects the whole wide world. By stating he was “overseas” “in New Zealand” at the time of the incident, the author…

The author explains that political leaders constantly state that “things will be different” and that Melbournians “anguished voice will [be] heard.” By using a sarcastic tone, the author is able to emphasize that these claim will not be heard and that nothing will be done to fix this continuous issue. Furthermore, the author is able to create a sense of concern and disappointment towards government. The writer is able to create this via, implying that the government’s job is to keep Victoria safe and that they are clearly not doing so; thus, enabling the readers to desire change in the issue. Than by adding a photograph of citizens paying “respects at Bourke St Mall” the writer is able to illustrate the seriousness of the impact of this tragedy of this incident that the government and bail system has caused. As the photograph contains an enormous swarm of people gathering to pay there tributes, it enables the audience to understand how this issue has brought people together, how it has enabled all of Victoria to feel unsafe and disgusted that this massacre even occurred. The writer ends this argument in a rhetorical question asking his audience “why is this so?” implying the answer of, our government and bail system is unjust and corrupted and Victoria needs a solution to this disastrous…