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Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' adapted by Philip Pullman WALT study a play for the critical essay paper. Eng 3-19a. WALT - Summarise Act One (Lit 3-05a) Frankenstein so far… We have met the characters Frankenstein and Clerval.
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Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' adapted by Philip Pullman WALT study a play for the critical essay paper. Eng 3-19a
WALT - Summarise Act One (Lit 3-05a) Frankenstein so far… We have met the characters Frankenstein and Clerval. Frankenstein has been conducting secret research and experiments in his bedroom. He has been digging up dead body parts from the graveyard and trying to bring them back to life using electricity. Frankenstein is now showing his work and experiments to his friend Clerval, who is shocked and disgusted, but at the same time fascinated by his work.
During the planned experiment Frankenstein is visited by his cousin Elizabeth, who begs him to come home and see his dying father. Frankenstein says he does not have time to deal with her just now his experiment takes priority. • The experiment is successful, the monster comes to life and Frankenstein almost immediately regrets his actions. He says • “I thought I was making an angel” and then “Look at what I have done.” • Frankenstein flees the scene and the monster escapes into the night.
Act One – Questions and ideas for discussion Lit 3-17a 1) Frankenstein has practically turned his bedroom into a laboratory. What does this tell you about him as a person? 2a) What has Frankenstein been doing with his letters from home? b) What does this tell you about his priorities in life? 3) On page 21 Clerval says “there is going to be a storm soon, I can feel it”. This line is very important and clever for two reasons. What are the two reasons? Reason a) Reason b) 4) Describe Frankenstein’s reaction to the monster after it comes to life. 5) Why do you think the monster touches Clerval’s face, then touches his own face?
The Monster • WALT –select appropriate quotations to annotate a picture of the monster. • Eng 3-19a • TASK – Re-read the detailed description of the monster on P26. Using that description draw a picture of the monster and label it using the details on P26.
“The Monster is enormously tall and powerfully built. His eyes are hideous, red-rimmed and glaring in a waxy yellow face. His lips are black, scars criss –cross his cheeks, and his face is framed with matted black hair. He is naked to the waist. He wears nothing but simple breeches.” (P26)
Act Two – what do we now know? • WALT –think about appearances and how important they are in society. HWB 3-08a • TASK • Write a short summary of Act Two • Answer the following questions in sentences: • What is so important and/or significant about Agathe’s condition? • What conclusion does Felix jump to when he sees the monster? • What does this tell use about human nature?
Human Nature • WALT think about how human beings present themselves to other people. We are going to talk about PRE-CONCEIVED IDEAS, and discuss and investigate how important image and appearance really are. HWB 3-08a
TASK • Look at the following photographs. • For each photo you will be given time to write the following: • a) A brief description of the physical appearance of the person. In other words describe what they look like. • b) Some ideas that spring to mind immediately about what you think that person is like. Use lots of ADJECTIVES (describing words)
TASK - After class discussion about your ideas and opinions of these people think about the following: • Did you make a snap judgement about these people, based purely on what they look like? • Do you think that judging people on what they look like is a fair and accurate way to learn a lot about them as a person? • Have you ever judged someone by their appearance and then later? • Is your first judgement of a person always right?
Act Three • WALT –identify the techniques used to make the audience feel sympathy for a character or characters. • TASK – 1a) Who do you feel the most sorry for in this act? Is it Frankenstein or the monster? b) Explain your answer in detail and write down three quotations from the play that reinforce and back up your answer. (Eng 3-19a)
Act Four • WALT – think about the author’s message. • TASK – • 1) Write a short summary of the last act of the play. • 2) What lesson have your learned from reading the play? What do you think the author’s purpose or message was?
Critical Essay Task (Eng 3-19a) • Choose a play in which you feel sympathy with one of the main characters because of the difficulties or injustice or hardships she or he has to face. • Describe the problems the character faces and show by what means you are made to feel sympathy for her or him.
Introduction • Introduction: remember always include: • Name of author • Name of text (play, novel, poem, film) • An outline of your task • A SHORT summary of the main events (mention theme)
Main Answer – here you answer the essay question and use quotations to back up your answer. • Remember: • P – Point: make your point/mention task • Q - Quotation – use an appropriate quotation to reinforce your point • E - Explanation – explain what the quotation tells you – why is it so important and relevant to the question?
Example: • Audience sympathy for the monster is established from the moment he is created. The monster knows that he is different from the others and tries to work out why. • “He touched his own face, then Clerval’s face” • Frankenstein abandons his creation from the very first time he sees it alive. The monster has no guide or help and feels rejected. The monster is left wondering why he is different and why he is shunned by his own creator. • This makes me feel sorry for the monster because he has nobody to care for him as his “parent” has run away and left him. He is new born and alone, with no one to provide him with food or shelter.
Conclusion • Summarise how the author has successfully made you feel sorry for your chosen character. • Give some personal response to the play – how did it make you feel? What did you learn? What do you think the author’s message is?