interview genre is as old as time, interviews of prominent people has been the
staple of media outlets. The interview genre appeals to our natural curiosity towards
people especially those that seem greater than us. The aim of the profile interview
genre is to give a written form of dialogue whereby questions are posed, and
answers are given. This genre aims to place the reader in the interviewer shoes
during the interview. It is often done on a person to person basis and the
interviewer and interviewee often takes turns in an informal manner. This genre
serves to give deeper insight to the interviewee’s personality with prepared
questions from the interviewer often showing some form of flow to the write up.
This genre has a flow to the conversation that builds up the reader
expectations in attempt to capture the readers attention for as long as the
interview goes. I believe, the point of drawing in the readers attention is to
give the readers a deeper sense of the interviewee personality. In the case of
this interview I suspect the author is trying to draw the audience into the
moment that the interview takes place, the description that were presented in
the interview give context to Mae Wests responses. This provides the audience with
a deeper sense of understanding of her personality.
Immersive style of
writing serves to draw the reader into the scene, letting them feel what’s it
like to be in the interview itself. This type of writing was employed by the
author to describe Mae’s voice which “sounded like a sultry flippancy of
Diamond Lil”. The author could just have easily mentioned the use of the voice
of Diamond Lil but she decided to describe it, including readers unfamiliar
with the character of Diamond Lil to have an idea of what the character sounded
like. She used descriptive language that expresses the voice in a way that
paints a clear picture in the readers mind. Moreover, it implies that May varies
the use of tonality in the way she speaks giving vibrancy to her personality.
In a profile interview the description of different tonality puts sounds to
words spoken by a person giving life to the words in the text plus it has the
added effect of breaking the readers monotony while reading the interview text
as the reader stops to imagine the scene in their mind.
In addition, the
author often narrates her thoughts on what Mae West implies from her myriad of
responses. In this interview, the author assumes that “Mae West disliked giving
interviews to women as she couldn’t assume the persona of Diamond Lil”. The author
tries to explain that maybe Mae West’s responses was due to her not being able
to act like Diamond Lil. In the context of interviews this is important to
frame the readers mind as to what to think about when reading the rest of the
interview. Though the authors opinion is often very biased and should be taken
with a grain of salt when reading it. In the context of interviews in general
the narrative thoughts given by the author serve to explain the responses and
frame of mind the interviewer has while giving the interview.
author envisions the reader being an English-speaking audience with a high capacity
of English vocabulary as she uses uncommon words like ‘epigrams’ and
‘indefatigable’. In daily conversation these words are seldom used. These kinds
of words would likely only be familiar to people who have a strong command of English.
The author might be trying to establish herself as a seasoned writer with a robust
command of English. For interviews, the use of bombastic language might place
the interviewer in a place of authority as the author demonstrates their ability
to masterfully articulate the language written.
the author references the voice “Diamond Lil” in the interview. This reference clearly
will only make sense to people who are fans of Mae West and her work in plays. Outside
of the world of plays it won’t make sense to people and they will just assume
that she sounds like an actress and will not have an idea to what she sounds in
real life. The readers of this interview will be someone who is familiar with
Mae West’s work. An author that includes references relating to the interviewee
that relates to the reader engages them in the reading material.