• N's analysis of Extract 2

    N's analysis of Extract 2

     

     

    Introduction : Extract 2 , spring 1966 , Harriet and David have just bough the house

    I /  Global presentation of the extract :

    A /  Fairy tale :

            - meeting, weeding => The house
            - story start as a fairy tale : L.1- 4 "on the afternoon ( ...) the garden"
            - Atmosphere of Hapyness : L.5 " hearts thudding with happyness"
            - L.12 - 15 lots of adjectivs for qualify their attitudes


    B /  Description of the house
     
             D.Lessing gives lots of details for the house : " little porch" , " facing capacious stairs" , " walls had been pulled down "

    => Can make a map of the house


    C  /  Point of view


    => travelling shot
    => discover the house at the same time as H&D
    => can be adapted for movie



    II / Full of symbol present in the extract


    A / Lots of climax

    1) physical freytag's : Porch => Attic => room
    2) biological climax ( fertility) : L.48 " she was at the height of her fertility"
    3) sexual climax => Orgasm

    ==> symbol of rebirth : spring , Lilac ( hope / expectitious / dreams / imagination)


    B / Dream   ( => the milkmaid )

    H&D ->childish behaviour : like Hubris and the Milkmaid L.28 -29
    --> visit rooms and they imagine what they can do in ( children room )
    Attic : can be " for secret magical game "


    C / Symbol of the house

    Castle/ mansion  --> gothic , supernatural things ...
    look like a face --> other character : Attic = Head ( imagination)
    Bedroom = " the great room that would be the heart of their kingdom" L.18
    Harriet = Queen , David = King , Bed = Throne

    L.30 the bed it's juste a bed : " a large bed had been left in"
    L.41 the bed become their " they made love , there , on their bed"

    ==> cursed object ->> hanted house by the unknown former because they let their Burden = BED

    David = the boss , he takes the decision L.44 - 47 , even if Harriet says " No , stop "



    Conclusion : interesting extract , lots of symbol present in , it permits to announce what is awaits us ---->> BEN

             

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