The Letterbox by Ann Marie Di Mambro. Today we will -. See how the themes and issues in The Letterbox are explored by the writer’s craft. Revisit how to use a PEE table to gather information for critical essay notes. Utilise information within a PEE table to develop a critical essay.
The Letterbox is a short monologue.
Society Turning a Blind Eye
Society as Judgemental
Significance of the title
It gives nothing away about the content of the play
“Jack and Jill” frame the monologue.
This devise represents wider society and contrasts with
Jack and Jill are happy, carefree stereotypical lovers.
However, the nursery rhyme itself is quite violent,
but the violence is trivialised
by the regular rhythm.
Violence in Martha’s life is not trivial,
it is brutal, and her domestic reality does not conform to society’s expectation of the happy family.
The husband is sleeping like a baby.
Do some background thinking to support your understanding of the text.
A good piece of literature will require you to THINK
to understand everything.
Textual analysis is vital to producing a decent critical essay.
Using a PEE table is one way of analysing texts.
It can build familiarity with the text and help youto order your thoughts.
Clear thoughts mean a logical line of argument in your essay.
S U C C E S S
Past Paper Question
Choose a play in which one of the main concerns is injustice or cruelty or exploitation or betrayal.
State the main concern * and go on to showhow the playwright deals with this concern in such a way as to involve your sympathies.**
*Stating the main concern (the cruelty and injustice of domestic abuse) would be part of your introduction. Remember keep referring to ** throughout the essay not just at the end.