Je vous souhaite une réelle réussite à votre oral de spécialité et au bac par la même occasion.
Je suis sûr que vous allez tout casser!
J'espère que vous aurez trouvé cette année malgré tout intéressante. Elle l'aura été pour moi.
Encore bonne chance pour la suite
→ 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
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
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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