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Par C.B. le 9 May 2012 à 20:53
→ meeting of Harriet and David at an office party
→ observers # other people : dancers
→ context of the swinging 60's = changes (flourishing culture, economy...)
→ H&D : apart, different = social rejection, self exclusion
→ similarities between H&D → tastes + aspirations + traditional values
→ contrast with the 60's + the society : freedom + open-minded + joy + fun
→ fall in love fast : time speeds up + dreams + projects in little time
→ risk of hubris
Extract 2 :
→ visit of their future mansion
→ feelings : elated, excited = they like the house
→ dreams + fairy tale : house= symbol of kingdom + reign + power + queen and kingdom
→ climax : attic → ecstatic + imagination
→ spring = season of fertility : Harriet = at the height of her fertility
→ lilac tree : symbol of love + buds = dream to start a family
→ dark atmosphere : - maybe cursed object, spell on H&D = bed → babies
- shadow lilac tree = threat, ill omen, Ben later
→ ivory tower = tower of solitude + no contact with the outside world + protection = dangerous → evil will come from the inside = Ben
Par C.B. le 7 May 2012 à 21:43
L.2 : symbol of happiness like in fairytale with the birds
L.14 : too much happiness, almost cry
L.16 : old fashioned house like H & D
L.20 : "each new baby" means want a lot of children
L.28-39 : don't take things for granted (the milkmaid and her pail) dreaming
L.35 : shadow > reference to the dark side > Ben
L.39 : buds > futur flower, symbol of love in the bedroom
L.47-48 : fertility, very easy to have babies
L.2 : new pregnancy undesired
L.15 & 24: "exhausted", "frantic", "furious" new feelings from the others extracts, no more happiness
L.16: painting of Severn Joseph "the abdication of Mary" here it's the "abdication of Harriet"
L.17: ben is already poisoning her before his birth, after it will be worst
L.46&48 : Harriet & Dorothy are to tired
L.60: position of queen takes by Dorothy
L.51-59: power of silence, problems not solved because they don't talk about it
Par C.B. le 7 May 2012 à 21:41
Pb: How does the extract introduce the story?
A: -Context: 1960’s = sixties
-Characters: David and Harriet, self exclusion
-They go very fast (Hubris): sleep both
Pb: -To what extent does the mansion play an important role in the story?
A: -Omen of the future (Hubris) + Climax: feelings, attic, fertility →Hubris
-Ivory Tower/ Kingdom + Gothic aspects/ haunted
Pb: Even if the mansion seems idyllic how can we see bad omens?
A: Spring: period of fertility, babies, fruit (D+H), lilac, buds, some shadow
Pb: How does the happiness of the family turn bad?
A: -Economical crisis, 70’s violence: Thatcher: Ivory tower
-Hypocritical aspects of the family (money + parties)
-Hubris: Harriet with Amy
-Chiasmus: Happiness/ Unhappiness = irony
Pb: How does this extract show the descent into hell for Harriet + David?
A: -Abdication Harriet for Dorothy = important
-Hubris: other child Harriet = Girls power + pride + immature + selfish + money
-Fatality: room, don’t assume
-Role of silence
Pb: To what extent does Ben accelerate the descent into hell?
A: -Notion of monstrosity: different POV = Harriet + Ben
-Self exclusion: division of the family
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