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Sort these images into three categories and explain how you sorted them. WALT: explore the theme of CONTROL in Les Grands Seigneurs by Dorothy Molloy. power. What is ‘ control ’? If you control someone, what are you doing?. influence. manipulation. coercion . force. rule.

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WALT:explore the theme of CONTROL in Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

power

What is ‘control’?

If you control someone, what are you doing?

influence

manipulation

coercion

force

rule

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

If someone were to describe you using these images, how would you feel about it?

?

Protective?

Impressive?

Reliable?

What words would you use to describe such a person?

Proud?

Tall?

Masculine?

Strong?

Ancient?

Heroic?

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

If someone were to describe you using these images, how would you feel about it?

?

Distinctive?

Loud?

Egotistical?

What words would you use to describe such a person?

Impressive?

Bright?

Feminine?

Attractive?

Arrogant?

Obvious?

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

If someone were to describe you using these images, how would you feel about it?

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Obedient?

Playful?

Supportive?

What words would you use to describe such a person?

Family-orientated?

Friendly?

Free?

‘Show off’?

Intelligent?

Inquisitive?

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

Men were my buttresses, my castellated towers… The peacocks and the cockatoos, the nightingales, the strutting pink flamingos.

Men were my dolphins, my performing seals; my sailing-ships… the rocking-horses… monkey-men.

  • How does she feel about MEN?
  • How do we feel about HER?
  • How is CONTROL shown in these verses?
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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

Molloy uses SEMANTIC FIELDS (or groups of language) to show how the character controls men

Animals

Birds

Strength

portrayal of men

patronising

attractive

dependable

Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

Portrayal of Men
  • romantic
  • attractive

Task: Find at least one quote from the poem to suggest each feature

Extension:

What other attributes of men can you find in the poem?

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

Molloy uses SEMANTIC FIELDS (or groups of language) to show how the character controls men

GROUP TASK: Work in threes. Each person chooses a different semantic field. Answer the question below for your chosen field. Help each other to achieve a complete answer.

Easy: Birds

Medium: Animals

Hard: Strength

Qu: How does Molloy uses semantic fields to show CONTROL of men?

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

Qu: How does Molloy uses semantic fields to show CONTROL of men?

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Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

WALT:explore the theme of CONTROL in Les GrandsSeigneursby Dorothy Molloy

PLENARY:

What do you understand now by the term ‘control’?

Answers on an exit card!

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Les GrandsSeigneurs by Dorothy Molloy

Extension Questions

What semantic fields are used? Why does she use them? What do they suggest?

The only meaningful words to be repeated in the poem are menand played. Why do you think these words are repeated?

What can you comment on, regarding the structure? How does language change the focus of the poem in the last two stanzas?

There is another shift of focus in the final stanza. Which word signals that shift? Why is it used?

Why is “(yes, overnight)” placed in brackets? What is the effect of this?

How does the language of the poem alter in the final stanza? What is the writer implying about male attitudes here? What is the writer implying about women’s roles here?