Hieroglyphics. Anne Donovan. What is the poem about?. About the poem. Dramatic monologue. 1 st person – shows her thoughts. Setting. The setting zooms in from generic to specific. grey cityscape. (could be anywhere) Drumchapel (specific town)
The setting zooms in from generic to specific.
Helps us to identify with, and understand, the character.
Introduces the theme.
Introduces setting and character.
Hyperbole – pointlessness in what she is learning.
“Then ah startitdeain the hieroglyphics for real.”
“And the wan day ah couldnae take it oany longer.”
Emotive language and sense of hope.
Pride in her work and happy of her achievement.
Miss Niven – half sparrow – delicate, beautiful.
Mr Alexander – half fish
Mr Kelly – God of Underworld
Head master – sun god or Sphinx
“he used to squint at ye…as if he wis examining ye through a microscope an hid jist discovered some new strain a bacteria that could wipe oot the entre population a Glesga.”
“You could of looktoot the windae at some big hairy orange beast devourinyer wee sister…”
What are the differences between the characters of the different teachers?
What are their attitudes towards Mary? How do they help or hinder her (use evidence from the text).
What is the tone at the end?
What are the themes?
Belief in “fairy godmother” shows innocence.
Despite everything she draws a smiley face and shows her optimism.
Way people are picked on for their differences, and shows the way it can effect people.
“Ma mammy thoat ah wis daft”.
“Takes me that long tae copy.”
“the lesson’s nearly finished and ah’ve missed it.”
Find 2 examples of imagery.
“the class like a field a racehorses”.
“only the learn differently.furst two or three could keep up wi him.”
“The rest wurscribblin furiously…then he’d tease them wi a pause…he wisaff again liklightnin.”
“ah wis the wan that fell at the furst fence.”
“The class were aw learn differently.sittin up like circus lions at this point, wonderin whit the ringmaisterwisgonnaedae next.”
Describing letters or her writing as insects. learn differently.
“dancinroond like big black spiders.”
“like wee scarab beetles scurryinaboot the page”.
How do you feel towards Mary?
Should we feel sorry for Mary or is she capable of overcoming these problems? Quote evidence to back up your point.