The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Friday, 6 January 2012

Aspects of Narrative

Today in lesson we:

Firstly looked at four cartoons which all showed the same story, except they told the story from different points of view. The first cartoon showed the story from a the man's point of view and had an element of pace and movement about it, whereas the second was from the woman's, and had more of a static feel about it. However, we recognised that both of them had the key aspect of character. The third focused more on the the dialogue, and lacked focus on detail/setting with focus being more on the actions of the characters. The last cartoon contains the key aspects of detail and setting, with this version of the story making readers look at attention to detail.

We associated the first stanza of the poem "The Lady of Shalott" with the fourth cartoon, as like each picture, the poem goes into great detail.


- Setting
- Characters- Sir Lancelot/Lady of Shalott
- Structural contrast- Shalott vs Camelot
- Title
- Beginning/end

Tells a story:
- Openings
- Key moments
- Endings
- Other structure points= settings/places/type of story/source
- Language
- Structure
- Form

We also looked at how Camelot and Shalott differ, for example Camelot is where all of the action and real world activity is happening, whereas Shalott is quiet and inactive.
Real world activity (Camelot):
- "Long fields of barley and rye"
- "road runs"
- "up and down the people go"
- "river winding clearly"
- "Only reapers, reaping early"
- "Song that echoes"
- "Knights come running"

Shalott- inactivity:
- "silent isle imbowers"
- "a space of flowers"
- "who hath seen her wave her hand?"
- "four gray walls and four gray towers"

Lastly, we looked at how the poet tells the story through key aspects, using language, structure and form.


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