Teaching literature has always been a really hard task for teachers, so my first purpose is to share with my students my deep love for it.That is the reason for the highly schematic charts I tried to write for them.
SUMMING UP: THE SHORT STORY
A short story is a brief piece of fiction whose length is not fixed by any rules: anything up to about fifty pages; consequently economy of style and of structure are essential to its success. (linguistic features, 35 words)
It usually begins in the middle of a situation, that is why the first sentence or paragraph is particularly relevant.
Because of its compactness, the short story has proved ideal for tales of mystery and horror. (conclusion,16 words)
He was wet and muddy and hungry and cold and he was fifty thousand light-years from home.
QUESTIONS FOR A GENERAL REVISION (fifth form )
1) Define the Victorian Compromise.
2) Why is Victorian society considered an heterogeneous world?
3) Outline the main trends in Victorian literature.
4) Speak of the concept of education in C. Bronte, C. Dickens, O. Wilde.
5) Outline the most evident contradictions in Victorian Drama.
1) Show how different English writers expressed disapproval of industrial and technological progress and concern about its consequences throughout the 19th and the 20th centuries
2) Speak of the importance and the role of women/education throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
3) Speak of the different reactions to the official literary trends throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
4) Speak of the voyage as a symbol in the main English authors throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
5) What do the modernist artists you studied share in terms of their idea both of literature and human life and what is instead peculiar to each of them?
1) Which subgenre did you prefer and why?
2) Which story did you prefer and why?
3) Which possible links did you find between the short stories you read and the literary periods we analysed?
4) Which different kinds of language were you faced with in this collection? Give examples?
5) Which can be the possible reason for the title?
6) Which are the main elements in a short story?
7) Which is the aim of providing each short story with different kinds of activities?
8) Are very short short stories usually easier than longer ones? Give examples.
9) Did you remark the use of a particularly difficult/easy language in a single short story? Can you suggest why?
10) Speak of the importance of the language in short stories giving some examples.
11) What kind of language is mainly used in short stories in term of key-words, pattern sentences, idioms, colloquial words etc…? Give examples.
12) Define the concepts of time and space in short stories giving examples.
MAIN THEMES IN OLIVER TWIST by R. Polanski
1) WORKHOUSES STARVATION
2) CONDITIONS OF ORPHANS (J. Eyre) MIDDLE CLASS CONTEMPT
3) INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY (J. Eyre) SUFFOCATED BY RIGID DISCIPLINE
4) LONDON SLUMS NO SEWER SYSTEM TERRIBLE HYGIENICAL CONDITIONS HUMAN DEGRADATION GREED, SELFISHNESS
5) GROWN UPS’ WORLD WITHOUT CHILDREN
6) HASTY, ROUGH JUDGEMENTS, ONLY FACTS NO INTERPRETATIONS
7) EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN CONSIDERED IN TERM OF THE PROFIT THEY COULD REPRESENT AND NOT AS HUMAN BEINGS
MAIN FEATURES OF THE FILM
1) GLOOMY COLOURS → DARKNESS
2) URBAN BACKGROUND → LONDON – DIFFERENT DISTRICTS
3)FINAL MORAL TEACHING → DICKENS’ OPTIMISM: LAST SCENE SETTING AND COLOUR
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