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Heir Conditioning


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Materials provided during the Johor Bahru's English Lit Component Course, courtesy of PPDJB.

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Heir Conditioning

  1. 1. HEIR CONDITIONING Introduction M SHANmughalingam
  3. 3. Grand dad did you breathe before air cons were invented was it hard staying alive without modern inventions? Grandma weren’t you flustered as you fluttered with paper fans? Could you communicate before faxes and long distance calls became basic necessities?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Grandchild we lived </li></ul><ul><li>before your age. Because </li></ul><ul><li>of our ignorance, </li></ul><ul><li>we did not know </li></ul><ul><li>pollution, stress, traffic jams </li></ul><ul><li>destruction of forests, </li></ul><ul><li>streams and hills </li></ul><ul><li>we feared God and nature </li></ul><ul><li>now nature fears you and </li></ul><ul><li>money is your new God. </li></ul>
  5. 5. HEIR CONDITIONING <ul><li>Synopsis </li></ul><ul><li>This poem is written in London, May 4, 1995. It talks about issues regarding different lifestyles and values of two generations. It also talks about the generation gap that exists between grandparents and their grandchildren. This poem is like a dialogue between them. </li></ul>
  6. 6. HEIR CONDITIONING <ul><li>STANZA 1 </li></ul>In the first stanza, the grandchild asks his grandfather Stanza 2 In the second stanza, the grandparents’ answer sets the two generations apart.
  7. 7. HEIR CONDITIONING <ul><li>Elements </li></ul>Title The title implies the transfer of a generation and highlights the gap that existed and apparent in societies today. This gap existed due to development and modernization.
  8. 8. HEIR CONDITIONING <ul><li>Structure of a poem </li></ul><ul><li>There are two stanzas in this poem. It does not have a fixed rhyme scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Written in the first point of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Written in the present time but there are references made to life in the past </li></ul>
  9. 9. HEIR CONDITIONING <ul><li>Modernisation comes with a price. Differences in time between two generations Spirituality vs. Materialism </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional vs. Modernisation Wisdom vs. Ignorance </li></ul>Theme
  10. 10. LET’S DO SOMETHING! <ul><li>Activity1: Conditioned Minds </li></ul>What modern inventions you cannot live without? Provide your reasons.
  11. 11. LET’S DO SOMETHING! <ul><li>Activity2: Bare necessities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>identify </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>objects/items </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>used in the </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>past and </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>present </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. LET’S DO SOMETHING! <ul><li>Activity 3: Past Verses Present </li></ul>Create and present a mini dialogue between a grandparent and grandchild based on the poem.
  13. 13. LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST! <ul><li>Activity 4: Conditioning me </li></ul>Complete the crossword puzzles as fast as you can.