Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Need a guide for revising your texts?

This is a great port of call for this stage of your studies. Whether you are writing an essay or revising for the exams this website has a fairly wide coverage of literary texts. Remember to credit them in bibliographies.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

A "Lies of Silence" review

For a thoughtful and detailed review Click Here . But read it only after you have finished reading the text.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Lies of Silence - reading prompts for notes for Chapters 6-7

Lies of Silence: reading focuses for Chapter 6
This post is for my AS class who are comparing this text with Graham Greene's Brighton Rock; anyone else who might find these pointers helpful are welcome to use them, too. I'll post the image, theme and narrative technique tracker sheets that the class already has, next week.

Write notes on the following as you notice them so you can later discuss  and write about them in class. Add other points on narrative technique, themes, imagery, etc. that you think are significant for comparing both texts.

What is Michael Dillon paranoid about?  (Mostly in the early part of the chapter and towards its end.).

How does his paranoia compare with Pinkie’s from Brighton Rock?

The Oxford English Dictionary's definition of paranoia
1. a mental condition in which a person thinks that they are being persecuted.
2. a person thinks that they are important.
3. unjustified suspicion and the mistrust of others.

Analyse the theme of deception in this Chapter
(The theme of deception is also significant in earlier in the novel.)

How does the deception practised by Michael on Moira compare with Pinkie's on Rose? (AO2)

What does the imagery in this chapter suggest about the characters?
How does the imagery of war, weapons, etc. add to readers' understanding of characters and the situations that they face? (AO2)

Lies of Silence: reading focuses for Chapter 7

Focus on: -

Michael Dillon’s paranoia – and the theme of appearance and reality.

Moira poses as “a witness” on TV.

Compare Moira with Rose as "a witness" from Brighton Rock?
How does Michael and Pinkie react to the threat that each female character poses?
(Think about loyalty to Michael; her own sense of power - Moira seems to be growing stronger as Michael becomes weaker; her perception of their marriage; her confidence to speak because of her education and class, etc.)

Narrative technique:
What is the effect on Michael Dillon and the readers as he and they gradually find out about what Moira said in the her BBC TV interview?

The theme of choice
Moira asks Michael whether he would have told the police about the bomb if Andrea was held hostage instead of her. Do you think he would have telephoned the police given how he feels about Andrea? What are the choices Michael made here?

What are the choices that Pinkie makes by marrying Rose? Compare Michael and Pinkies' choices as dilemmas.

What choices do other significan characters make in each text? 
(For instance, consider the choices that Ida, Dallow, Cubitt and Prewitt make in Brighton Rock. What is moral about the choices that Moira and Andrea make in Lies of Silence?)

The zeitgeist of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"

This is again fromt the englishteacherguy. Context-wise it is very British orientated, yet good on changes taking place within British culture and society. Still, something on the Serbia-Bonsnian conflict would have helped give a broader context, particularly for the massacre that later took place in Sebrenica in 1995 and how the West did nothing to stop this from happening.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Othello YouTube videos on interpreting Desdamona and Iago

With thanks to englishteacherguy who produced these videos with the older syllabuses' assessment objectives in mind. Still, this work sits well with the new ones.
Various interpretations of Desdemona

Iago's motives and critics

Othello - Critical Perspectives

"Othello" - an introduction to the historical context

Need even more help with "Othello"? Try this video and links from it for other videos for various aspects of this play. Apparently these videos are helping students achieve As!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

AO3 - interpretations by other readers

Critics essays and interpretations of "Othello"

Critics essays and interpretations of "The Merchant of Venice"

Major Shakespeare Scholars mostly from the past

Definitely worth a read if you are working on an essay in this area. Remember to credit the author in your bibliography, even if you do not use him.
A blog post Shakespeares-Women

These are fascinating reviews by "other readers". One excuses and glosses over Shakespeare's treatment of Shylock and another reader from Israel cannot excuse it. Read these and other well written reviews on both Amazon's sites both in the US and UK.
Contrasting reviews on the treatment of race and Shakespeare1

More fascinating reviews and interpretations by recent readers

Friday, 5 March 2010

Scansion as a technique for understanding poems

Here's an excellent blogsite where you will find a range of poems where scansion has been applied and then used for analysis. The Vermont Poet also has a page in which he or she explains how to use 'basic' scansion.

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