This post develops ideas heard at the recent NATE conference in a presentation by Lucy Webster from the EMC. A great talk was focused on developing strategies for close reading in Shakespeare.
My Powerpoint has worked the ideas with a view to using this in year 12, working on Butterworth’s Jerusalem.
It offers a good tool for analysis, but seems to forget that this is not real conversation between characters invented by a writer, and as a result isolates analysis from the writer’s message/intent and context, which I guess would have to be added on as a layer of further analysis separately. Unless I’ve missed something…
Good tool though!! 🙂
I think the “conversation” is that between the reader and the text rather than the characters, although I think that in a scene such as this the fighting for control between the 2 characters makes the language shifts evident. For me, it’s a 6th form activity and I will run it tomorrow- interested to see where it goes.
I’ll be interested to hear about it!