6th December 2011 The Oval Portrait: Language and Themes Learning objectives: • Identify Gothic themes in The Oval Portrait. • Understand how language is used to present Gothic themes.
Task: Read the text in groups, and pick outtwo key words that reflect a common theme. Skilled work will: 1. Identify words or phrases that reflect Gothic conventions and explain the choice of word. Excellent work will: 1. Give extended explanations for choice of Gothic words or phrases.
First of all…team quiz!!! If you know the answer, make your team noise.On which night did the narrator in TTTH kill the Old Man?To which disgusting, menacing animal does heliken the Old Man’s eye?What is a Deathwatch Beetle?
At the beginning of the unit, you thought of these Gothic conventions:• Supernatural • Fascinated with the past• Mysterious • Shocking• Cruel • Gory• Horrific • Disgusted• Gloomy • Unnatural• Melodramatic • Appalling• Suspenseful • Sinister• Unconventional • Damsels in distress• Violent • Distorted• Savage • Isolated settings• Old fashioned • Spooky places• Psychologically warped • Abandoned buildings• Extreme states of mind Which Gothic conventions can you recognise in The Oval Portrait?
Listen carefully...Can you recognise anyGothic themes?Underline examples.
How does language communicate themes?• In groups, read your section. Take it in turns to read – line by line!• Pick out two words or phrases that represent a theme, and write them in your book.• Write an explanation for how each word or phrase is effective.Skilled: Turret - This word raises images of old, scary buildings.Excellent: The word turret makes me think of a princess locked away in an isolated tower. It reminds me of fairytales where the damsel in distress is being imprisoned by cruel characters. This is a significant symbol in The Oval Portrait, because women as victims is a key theme.
Share your ideas with the class• Which theme did you identify?• Which word or phrase did you pick to communicate the theme?• How is the word or phrase effective?
7th December 2011 Comparing Poe’s short stories. Learning objectives: • To identify similarities and differences between Poe’s short stories. • To use Gothic language to compare the stories through writing.
First of all...Dictionary work!!! Find the following definitions: Turret = Small tower on a castle Devoutly = Deeply religious, devoted Slumbering = lightly sleeping Vehemently = feeling strongly about something Agitated = Restless, uneasy Delirium = State of mental confusion due to illness. Pined = An intense longing for someone or something. Meek = Weak, docile
Task: Write a paragraph comparing The Oval Portrait to The Tell Tale Heart. Skilled work will: 1. Identify how The Oval Portrait is different to The Tell Tale Heart. 2. Give a brief explanation of those differences. Excellent work will: 1. Identify how The Oval Portrait is both similar and different to The Tell Tale Heart. 2. Use P.E.E. to structure a clear and detailed explanation of those differences.
At the beginning of the unit, you thought of these Gothic conventions:• Supernatural Which conventions • Fascinated with the past• Mysterious appear in The Oval • Shocking• Cruel Portrait AND The Tell • Gory• Horrific • Disgusted• Gloomy Tale Heart? • Unnatural• Melodramatic • Appalling• Suspenseful Which conventions • Sinister• Unconventional • Damsels in distress• Violent ONLY appear in The • Distorted• Savage Oval Portrait? • Isolated settings• Old fashioned • Spooky places• Psychologically warped • Abandoned buildings• Extreme states of mind Think, pair, share
Putting your ideas into writingYou can either…1. Write a paragraph explaining how The Oval Portrait is different to The Tell Tale Heart.OR2. Write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences between The Oval Portrait and The Tell Tale Heart.
1. Write a paragraph explaining how The Oval Portrait is different to The Tell Tale Heart.Sentence starters:• The atmosphere in The Oval Portrait is…• Whereas in The Tell Tale Heart…• Some obvious differences are…• Although both stories follow typical Gothic conventions…• On first impressions… Example: Although The Oval Portrait and The Tell Tale Heart are both typical Gothic stories, they have many differences. For example, in The Tell Tale Heart , we are never told about the setting, so the identity of each character is a mystery. In The Oval Portrait, we are given more information on people and places, “She was a maiden of rarest beauty.” This makes us focus less on horrific events, and feel more attached to the characters in the story.
2. Write a paragraph explaining some similarities and differences between The Oval Portrait and The Tell Tale Heart.Sentence starters:• Both stories…• There are a number of similarities, such as…• Certain Gothic conventions…• A different mood…• However…• Whereas one story… Example: Although The Oval Portrait and The Tell Tale Heart are quite different, there are some similarities too. Whereas one features violent thoughts and bloody events, the other focuses more on spooky settings and the ‘Damsel in Distress.’ Both stories, however, build suspense to grip the reader. In The Tell Tale Heart, we learn about the narrator’s eight-day journey towards approaching the sleeping man, “you cannot imagine how stealthily.” In The Oval Portrait, we hear a lot about the portrait’s disturbing qualities before understanding the story behind it, “I remained for an hour perhaps, half sitting, half reclining, with my vision riveted upon the subject.” Both stories fill us with anticipation, and make us wonder what disturbing ideas are yet to unfold.
Did you...• Identify similarities and differences between Poe’s short stories?• Use Gothic language to compare the stories through writing? Use your traffic light system!
Exit cardsOn a post-it note, write down one similarity and one difference between The Oval Portrait and The Tell Tale Heart.