Night, Mother

Complete the following tasks using your knowledge on the reading of “Night, Mother”, by M. Norman.

 

TASK 1:

Give a short description of the following characters:

Jessie

Thelma

Ricky

TASK 2

    What preparations has Jessie been making for her suicide? Why has she been so careful in her planning? Why did she wait until this particular time to carry it out?

 

TASK 3

Some of the main themes present in this play can be: Communication, faith, determinism, mother-daughter relationship, suffering, family, complex morality.

Discuss the following dialogue by: identifying the main theme, analysing its meaning in the play, analysing the identity of the characters thorugh what they say, etc.

Minimum 10 lines.

 

p 73-74

Mama: you’re supposed to go around and lock up so I know we’re safe for the night, and when I wake up you’re supposed to be out there making the coffee and watching me get older every day, and you’re supposed to hel me die when the time comes. I can’t do that by myself, Jessie. I’m not like you, Jessie. I hate the quiet, and I don’t want to die and I don’t want you to go, Jessie. How can I (Has to stop a moment) How can I get up everyday knowing you had to kill yourself to make it stop hurting and I was here all the time and I never saw it.  And then you gave me this chance to make it better, convince you to stay alive, and I couldn’t do it. How can I live with myselff after this, Jessie?

Jessie: I only told you so I could explain it, so you wouldn’t blame yourself, so you wouldn’t feel bad. There wasn’t anything you could say to change my mind. I didn’t want you to save me.  I just wanted  you to know.

 

 

August 19th 2) CREATING DIALOGUES

Last year, the film The Artist, a black-and-white French film won the 84th Academy Awards for best picture. However, what really captivated the audience was the fact this is a silent film. You never hear anyone saying anything, and that’s what makes this film so special.

Activity 1

Watch the following extract from the film The Artist. What do you think the man and the woman tried to say in this scene?

 
 
 
 
Discuss your ideas with one of your classmates and share your final thoughts with the class.

 

Activity 2

The next video is a longer extract from the film. Watch it and take notes about the following:

  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Characters’ feelings/mood
  • Conflict
  • Climax
  • Resolution 
 
 

ACTIVITY: Choose a section of this clip, and write the dialogues you think might be appropriate.
Indicate the minute your chosen section begins, and ends.

PLEASE, AS YOU WRITE YOUR RESPONSES do not forget to include your first name initial and your last name.

Work on time.

Aug 19th 1) Writing Assignment 1: Collaborative Writing: Romeo and Juliet

Dear all,

 

Please post here your version of the story “Romeo and Juliet” written in play form.

Remember that this task was suppossed to have been done at home, and here you will only have 10 minutes to edit and transcribe.

Be sure to follow all the necesary conventions of playwriting you studied in Lesson 2.

Also, remember to include the names of all the members who participated in this writing assignment,

Again, remember to work ON TIME.

 

Titus Andronicus task (15 points)

(You need to have watched the movie Titus Andronicus to perform this task)

Answer these preliminary questions:

1.- What type of drama would you say this play is?

2.- What is the setting of it?

3.- Wha is the plot?

4. Which part of the story is in your opinion the climax?

II) Titus Andronicus has been thought of as one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays. It has also been linked to concepts such as chaos, revenge and the grotesque. Dualisms such as male/female, barbaric/civilised, weak/powerful, honour/dishonour, etc are also said to be present.

Write your impressions and opinions in relation to those and other elements you may want to include regarding this Shakespeare’s work. Write 100-150 words.

 

 

Hamlet Homework Assignment ( 13 points)

(In order to carry out this task, you have to have read Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark.)

Watch the videos of Hamlet by BBC Animated Tales (you can go to the link provided in the previous post, or download from the course’s gmail box)

You have 15 minutes to perform this task.

Sign using your first name initial and your last name.

 

I) Post here your answers to  questions  4.-  and 5.- in the homework, namely:

 

4. What causes these people to be so unhappy?

a. Hamlet

b. the Ghost of Hamlet’s father

c. Ophelia

 

5) How far do you agree with this view of Hamlet’s character?

“Hamlet was a loving and gentle prince, and greatly admired for his many noble and princely qualities”

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How would you describe him?

 

II) In addition, answer the following question:

What can you say about the English employed in the text you read as compared with the English used in the video?

Write 3 lines about the differences you perceived. You may provide examples.

 

 

Hamlet

Watch  the videos of BBC Shakespeare animated version of Hamlet (you can either go to the youtube link

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AAPQi7XMgI&list=PLF63667AB0FF8023A

or download it from our email box writingcreatively2013@gmail.com) and post on the following issues:

 

1) In what aspects has your experience regarding this story been different when comparing reading it and watching it? Include all the differences and contrasts you can think of.

2) What can you say about the language employed: in the version you read? in the animated version?

 

3) Which version did you enjoy more? Why?

 

Writing: Hands on!

You will carry out different, brief writing exercises.

Be sure to save your work or either write in Word first so that you don’t lose what you’ve done.

When you post, don’t forget to write your first name initial and your last name.

Enjoy!