Last class we read the first part of Act II and we got shocked!!
Now, it is time to put our thoughts, ideas, and opinions into writing.
- How does A. Miller create an impression of tenderness and love in this extract in the play?
- How does A. Miller create tension among the 3 characters in this extraxt in the play?
Remember to use quotations and to explain and comment on them!
Let´s discuss this poem together!! There are lots of things to talk about!
Adcock has said that this poem was written in response to a real incident experienced by her god-daughter, Heidi, who had moved with her father (after the death of her mother) to live in Australia.
Heidi has dyed her hair and the poem deals with the reactions of her school, father and friends.
As part of the syllabus for Language and Literature AS, we are supposed to read Games at Twilight but we have already read it for IGCSE so here some analysis and a review for you.
Get in pairs and work on the following tasks. Write your answ
Task 1: Choose 10 quotes to analyse in deep
- ‘You’re dead,’ he said with satisfaction, licking the beads of perspiration off his upper lip, and then stalked off in search of worthier prey…
- …a dark and depressing mortuary of defunct household goods…
- …a poor, ruined and conquered city.
- …everything was still curtained and shuttered in a way that stifled the children, made them feel that their lungs were stuffed with cotton wool and their noses with dust…
- …he bawled, shaking his head so that the big tears flew.
- …he had been forgotten, left out and he would not join them now.
- …he hadn’t much faith in his short legs when matched against Raghu’s long, hefty, hairy footballer’s legs.
- …his reappearance, his passion, his wild animal howling.
- …his success had occupied him so wholly that he had quite forgotten that success had to be clinched by that final dash to victory…
- …his voice broke with rage and pity at the disgrace of it all and he felt himself flooded with tears and misery.
- …perhaps roused by the shrieks of the children, a band of parrots…tumbled frantically in the still, sizzling air…
- …rats, dogs and, possibly, Ravi to slip through.
- …seething with such unspeakable and alarming animal life…
- …silence by a terrible sense of his insignificance.
- …the dogged determination of the true winner, a breaker of records, a champion.
- …the shed smelt of rats, ant hills, dust and spider webs. Also of less definable, less recognizable horrors.
- …they burst out like seeds from a crackling, over-ripe pod into the veranda…
- All this time no one had remembered Ravi.
- Having disappeared from the scene, he had disappeared from their minds. Clean.
- He chuckled aloud with astonishment at his own temerity…
- He felt his heart go heavy and ache inside him unbearably.
- He had sidled away and sat dejectedly on the flower pot. That at least was cut to his own size.
- He had wanted victory and triumph – not a funeral.
- He hugged his knees together and smiled to himself almost shyly at the thought of so much victory, such laurels.
- He leapt up as Raghu whacked the wall with his stick…it made him feel protected.
- He…wondered how many more creatures were watching him, waiting to reach out and touch him, the stranger.
- It took them a minute to grasp what he was saying, even who he was. They had quite forgotten him.
- It was an insect…exploring him.
- No life stirred at this arid time of day
- Nothing more wonderful had ever happened to him than being taken out by an uncle and bought a whole slab of chocolate all to himself…
- Ravi looked about him desperately, swallowing a small ball of snot in his fear.
- Ravi shook, then shivered with delight, with self-congratulation.
- Snarling, he bent to pick up a stick and went off, whacking it against the garage and shed walls as if to beat out his prey.
- The business of the children’s day which is – play.
- The children…felt released…tumbling, shoving, pushing against each other, frantic to start.
- The garden outside was like a tray made of beaten brass…
- The ignominy of being forgotten – how could he face it?
- The motherly Mira intervened…firmly pulling and pushing till a kind of vague circle was formed.
- The scent of earth receiving water, slaking its thirst in great gulps and releasing that green scent of freshness, coolness.
- The trees and bushes around them stood inky and sepulchral, spilling long shadows across them.
- The white walls of the veranda glared stridently in the sun…everything gleaming, brassy and bare.
- To defeat Raghu…and to be the winner…would be thrilling beyond imagination.
- Trampling delicate ferns underfoot as he did so.
- What fun if they were all found and caught – he alone left unconquered!
- What might there not be to touch him and feel him as he stood there…
Task 2: Focus on the theory of Rite of Passage and write a paragraph commenting on this.
After preparing an analysis on certain poems in groups, you are going to write an essay based on a poem another group dealt with.
Tiger in the Menagerie: Check this mind-map
Answer the question that follows: The poem is basically about the power of nature.It shows how powerful the tiger is in comparison with the other helpless animals in the menagerie. Do you agree?
She was a Phantom of Delight
In the poem “She was a Phantom of Delight” Wordsworth describes his wife and his reaction to her. He chooses to depict three points in their developing relationship: when they first met; as they began to know each other better; and now that they are married. When he saw her for the first time the poet felt that Mary Hutchinson was a spirit of happiness.
Prove this!! (Some help)
The poem Lion Heart is about the pride the people of Singapore have in their country.
Choose 5 quotations to prove this and explain them. Mention literary devices used by the writer.
Check this webpage with analysis.
The poem revolves around the behaviour of men towards women during 17th century. Which was mainly harsh and dominating. And to stay in the conditions created by men of those times, women will fail as women. Men are used to take advantage of their masculine power & they exploit it everyday, that is how they win every time. They are not standing by you at the time of need.
-Choose a line from every stanza to prove this statement.
-Mention literary devices (minimum 3)
We are reading this play in class and today we are going to do some review on important topics.
Get in pairs and start a post in your blog including the following:
Cast of Characters
Alfieri – lawyer
Eddie – Italian immigrant
Beatrice – Eddie’s wife
Catherine – their orphaned niece
Rodolfo and Marco – Bea’s cousins
Act One: The stage directions
1. What clues do the stage directions give us about the setting of the play?
2. What clues do the stage directions give us about the characters that will inhabit the stage?
Act 1: The prologue
Continue on, reading Alfieri’s prologue, stopping just before Eddie starts to speak.
1. What does Alfieri’s prologue tell us about justice and the law?
2. What sort of history surrounds the characters in the play, and why do you think Miller has included this information?
3. How does Alfieri describe the setting?
4. What does he foreshadow happening?
Fermìn, Conra and Marco
Act 1: Eddie and Catherine’s initial conversation
1. What sort of relationship do Eddie and Catherine have? Use specific examples from the text to back up your point.
Act 1: Discussing the arrival of the cousins
2. What clues are there that the cousins coming to America are not entirely legit?
3. How is the theme of honor evident in this section of the scene?
4. What impressions do you get of the following:
Lucìa and Rena
Act 1: Eddie Caves In
1. What are your thoughts and feelings regarding Eddie’s reaction to Catherine’s work proposal?
2. What sort of hopes does Eddie have for his niece?
3. Beatrice mentions that Eddie always seems to have an excuse for keeping Catherine close.
What are your thoughts and feelings about this?
4. Why does Eddie give in?
5. What advice does Eddie give Catherine? What does this tell us about his character?
Lucy and Mora
Act 1: Vinny Bolzano
1. How does the mood in the house change, once Eddie has accepted Catherine’s news? Why?
2. Why are Eddie and Beatrice so nervous?
3. What happened to Vinny?
4. What do we learn about the Red Hook community, through the story about Vinny?
5. What is Eddie’s opinion on what Vinny did?
Valu and Nina
Act 1: The Arrival
1. What do the two men think of Eddie’s home?
2. What are their hopes for coming to America?
3. How do the two men treat Eddie?
4. What does Catherine think of the two men?
5. How do Marco and Rodolfo describe life in Italy?
Marina and Achu
Act 1: Marco and Rodolfo
1. What is Rodolfo’s dream? Is it realistic?
2. What is Marco’s dream? Is it realistic?
3. Why does Eddie stop Rodolfo from singing?
4. What sort of relationship do Marco and Rodolfo have?
Oli and Sofi
Act 1: Growing Suspicion
1. How does Eddie react to Catherine’s shoes?
2. Why does Eddie start to view Rodolfo with suspicion?
Act 1: Eddie’s Growing Concerns
1. What do we learn has happened in the weeks that have passed?
2. What is Eddie’s view of Rodolfo? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. What is Beatrice’s view of Rodolfo? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
4. ‘Of him? Boy, you sure don’t think much of me’. What does this quote tell us about Eddie?
5. How does Eddie rate Rodolfo’s masculinity, versus that of Marco? Why do you think he does this?
Toto , Manolo and Juan Pablo
Act 1: Marital Troubles
1. Why is Beatrice upset?
2. How does Eddie react?
3. Why do you think Eddie has had troubles in his marriage?
4. How does Beatrice feel about Eddie’s concern for Catherine? Is she justified?
Oli and Sofi
Act 1: An Outsiders Opinion
1. What do Mike and Louis think of Marco and Rodolfo? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.
2. How does Eddie react to their praise for Rodolfo?
3. What does this tell us about his feelings for Rodolfo, and about Eddie as a character?
Lucas and Agustìn
Act 1: Eddie and Catherine Talk
1. How does Eddie treat Rodolfo?
2. How does Rodolfo treat Eddie?
3. What does Catherine think of the relationship between Eddie and Rodolfo? What does this mean for her future?
4. What clues are there that Eddie is uncomfortable with Catherine growing up?
5. How does Eddie react when he finds out Catherine likes Rodolfo?
6. What are your thoughts and feelings regarding Eddie’s theory about Rodolfo?
Valu and Nina (Gonza and Bauti)
Write all the answers in a drive!! (Agree with your classmates which questions to answer)