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1 The Bridegroom Alexander Pushkin

2 About the Selection The Bridegroom is a variation on the familiar folk story of a worthy young person standing up to declare independence and becoming heroic by doing so. The Bridegroom is a variation on the familiar folk story of a worthy young person standing up to declare independence and becoming heroic by doing so. The poem raises questions about fate, wishes, and particularly about making choices for yourself. The poem raises questions about fate, wishes, and particularly about making choices for yourself.

3 Literary Terms Foreshadowing is when the author gives hints as to what will happen next in a story. Foreshadowing is when the author gives hints as to what will happen next in a story. You can use writers hints at future events to predict outcomes. You can use writers hints at future events to predict outcomes.

4 Words to Know Foreboding – feeling that something bad will happen Foreboding – feeling that something bad will happen Tumult – noisy commotion Tumult – noisy commotion

5 Poetry Terms Narrative Poem A poem that tells a story, contains a conflict, and has a resolution. A poem that tells a story, contains a conflict, and has a resolution.Alliteration Repetition of consonant sounds. Repetition of consonant sounds. (Line 16) She sat with her sisters. (Line 16) She sat with her sisters.

6 Poetry Terms Repetition Repeating words or phrases to add emphasis Repeating words or phrases to add emphasis (Line 29) It was he! It was he! (Line 29) It was he! It was he!

7 Making Predictions What does Natashas strange behavior followed by renewed cheerfulness lead the reader to predict about future events? What does Natashas strange behavior followed by renewed cheerfulness lead the reader to predict about future events? Her strange behavior together with the fact that shes been gone for three days, points to a troubling future. Her strange behavior together with the fact that shes been gone for three days, points to a troubling future.

8 Word Usage Troika – a Russian carriage or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses harnessed side by side Troika – a Russian carriage or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses harnessed side by side

9 Comprehension What is Natashas reaction to the young man in the troika? What is Natashas reaction to the young man in the troika? Natasha is terrified. Natasha is terrified.

10 Culture Historically, marriage was regarded as an alliance between two families, rather than just between two individuals. Wealthy families could add to the their money and power through a childs marriage. Marriage was also a means of bringing peace between former enemies. Historically, marriage was regarded as an alliance between two families, rather than just between two individuals. Wealthy families could add to the their money and power through a childs marriage. Marriage was also a means of bringing peace between former enemies.

11 Matchmaker A matchmaker is an intermediary whose responsibility is to arrange a marriage to the satisfaction of both families involved. A matchmaker is an intermediary whose responsibility is to arrange a marriage to the satisfaction of both families involved. The matchmaker in The Bridegroom looked for a man who was handsome, young, rich, and generous for Natasha to marry. The matchmaker in The Bridegroom looked for a man who was handsome, young, rich, and generous for Natasha to marry.

12 Comprehension Why is Natasha silent when the matchmaker comes to talk to the family about a possible groom? Why is Natasha silent when the matchmaker comes to talk to the family about a possible groom? Her silence suggests that she is strong, independent, and perhaps considerate of her parents feelings, or that there is something she feels she cannot tell them. Her silence suggests that she is strong, independent, and perhaps considerate of her parents feelings, or that there is something she feels she cannot tell them.

13 Foreshadowing What does Natashas sobbing and shuddering when her father agrees to the match foreshadow? What does Natashas sobbing and shuddering when her father agrees to the match foreshadow? It predicts that she will not go happily into the wedding. It predicts that she will not go happily into the wedding. Since Natasha is terrified of the young man on the troika, this foreshadows that something surprising will happen at the wedding. Since Natasha is terrified of the young man on the troika, this foreshadows that something surprising will happen at the wedding.

14 Making Predictions Why does Natasha suddenly become calm after the matchmaker splashes water in her face? Why does Natasha suddenly become calm after the matchmaker splashes water in her face? She realizes she has no choice and will have to go through with the wedding. She realizes she has no choice and will have to go through with the wedding. She may also have already hatched a plan to get out of the marriage. She may also have already hatched a plan to get out of the marriage.

15 Making Predictions Natasha says (line 87-88), …and call the law to the feast. Natasha says (line 87-88), …and call the law to the feast. Why does she invite the law to her wedding? Why does she invite the law to her wedding? This foreshadows the arrest of the bridegroom. This foreshadows the arrest of the bridegroom.

16 Natashas Dream In Natashas dream, she hides behind the stove in a hut in the woods and watches twelve unruly men and a sad, quiet woman. In Natashas dream, she hides behind the stove in a hut in the woods and watches twelve unruly men and a sad, quiet woman. One of the men kills the woman and cuts off her hand. One of the men kills the woman and cuts off her hand.

17 Natasha Why does Natasha refuse to eat or drink at the wedding feast? Why does Natasha refuse to eat or drink at the wedding feast? She does not intend to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. She does not intend to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. She must keep a clear head to allow her plan to work. She must keep a clear head to allow her plan to work.

18 Question #2 Summarize the first eight lines of the poem. Summarize the first eight lines of the poem. After disappearing for three days, Natasha returns home upset. She refuses to answer her parents questions. After disappearing for three days, Natasha returns home upset. She refuses to answer her parents questions. Where was she during the three days she was missing? Where was she during the three days she was missing? She probably witnessed the murder. She probably witnessed the murder.

19 Question #3 Describe Natashas reaction to the wedding. Describe Natashas reaction to the wedding. At first Natasha is upset, but then she appears to accept the marriage. At first Natasha is upset, but then she appears to accept the marriage. What accounts for this switch in attitude? What accounts for this switch in attitude? She probably felt safe in confronting the bridegroom as murderer with her family and friends surrounding her. She probably felt safe in confronting the bridegroom as murderer with her family and friends surrounding her.

20 Question #4 How does Natasha respond to her bridegrooms question about why his bride is so sad? How does Natasha respond to her bridegrooms question about why his bride is so sad? She tells him a dream has been haunting her. She tells him a dream has been haunting her. Did Natasha have the evil dream she describes? Did Natasha have the evil dream she describes? No, she is using the dream to make her case. No, she is using the dream to make her case.

21 Question #5 How does Natashas attitude at the beginning contrast with her behavior at the end? How does Natashas attitude at the beginning contrast with her behavior at the end? At the beginning, she seems fragile and shy. At the end, she is courageous and independent. At the beginning, she seems fragile and shy. At the end, she is courageous and independent. How can we account for the change? How can we account for the change? She has been able to bring the bridegroom to justice and avoid the marriage. She has been able to bring the bridegroom to justice and avoid the marriage.

22 Question #7 Why is the setting of the poem important? Why is the setting of the poem important? The poem could only take place in a culture that practiced matchmaking. The poem could only take place in a culture that practiced matchmaking. Would the setting be realistic today? Would the setting be realistic today? It wouldnt unless it was set in a culture that still practiced arranged marriages. It wouldnt unless it was set in a culture that still practiced arranged marriages.


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