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    Here are the correction sheets created by Jean Michel Leon foun Lin about the characters of the novel. Enjoy!

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    Extract 1:

    → 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

    → hubris

    → 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




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  • Extract 2;
    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

    Extract 4;
    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

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  • Problematics

    Extract 1:

    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

    Extract 2:

    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

    Extract 3:

    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

    Extract 4:

    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

                    -Situation turns

    Extract 5:

    Pb: To what extent does Ben accelerate the descent into hell?

    A:           -Notion of monstrosity: different POV = Harriet + Ben

                    -Gothic aspects

                    -Self exclusion: division of the family

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