Presentation on theme: "UNTO US... SPIKE MILLIGAN. UNTO US....... ..For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his."— Presentation transcript:
UNTO US... SPIKE MILLIGAN
UNTO US ..For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace...( Isaiah, 9, 6)
I was! Small, but I WAS I lived on trust Somewhere at some time They committed themselves to me And so, I was! Small, but I WAS! Tiny, in shape Lusting to live I hung in my pulsing cave. Soon they knew of me My mother --my father. I had no say in my being I lived on trust And love Tho' I couldn't think Each part of me was saying A silent 'Wait for me I will bring you love!‘ I was taken
Blind, naked, defenceless and dropped on the sterile floor of a foot operated plastic waste bucket My death was celebrated With tickets to see Danny la Rue Who was pretending to be a woman Like my mother was. Blind, naked, defenceless By the hand of one Whose good name Was graven on a brass plate in Wimpole Street, and dropped on the sterile floor of a foot operated plastic waste bucket. There was no Queens Counsel To take my brief. The cot I might have warmed Stood in Harrod's shop window. When my passing was told My father smiled. No grief filled my empty space. My death was celebrated With tickets to see Danny la Rue Who was pretending to be a woman Like my mother was.
Choose a poem which has made you think about a topic you have never thought about in detail before. Briefly say what the poem is about, and in greater detail, say what aspects of the topic you have thought about.
Abortion is wrong. Abortion can destroy a human who might grown up to do great good in the world.
35 line monologue 1-16 Joyful and wanting to be born 17 – Turning Point ‘I was taken’ Bitter/sad and angry at being killed
Happy then angry/sad
repetition, metaphor, irony and contrast
Unto us.... Baby Jesus I was. I WAS. – it existed for a time No Queen’s Counsel etc
Contrast is when we compare two opposite things. What is the contrast between the image of the foetus in his "pulsing cave" and his last moment in a "foot-operated plastic waste bucket". Consider the coldness and openness of the bucket. Or the contrast in the foetus's feelings or thoughts between 1-16 and 18-35
Foetus has a ‘persona’ The effect? ‘And so I was’ Joy in existence ‘Small, but I was’ A person from the moment of conception ‘Lusting to live’ Positive desire to live ‘Blind, naked, defenceless’ Innocent and vulnerable ‘I will bring you love’ Desire to bring love
Careless conception Parents responsible for child’s existence Child dependent on parents wanting him/her ‘…smiled…’ Father glad that (s)he is dead ‘…no grief..’ Mother the same Death ‘…celebrated…’ Not mourned Mother denies natural instincts Masquerading as a woman Parents rich and can afford baby
IRONY ‘First do no harm’ ‘…good name…’ Valuable service. IRONY as his oath says ‘First do no harm’ ‘…graven on a brass plate’ High reward ‘…dropped on the sterile floor’ Cold indifference of surgeon ‘…plastic waste bucket’ Human life disposed of as rubbish ‘…no Queen’s Counsel To take my brief’ No legal rights. Not seen by the law as a person
Milligan deliberately sets out to change our opinions. He wants us to see abortion the way he does. How does he influence us? By making us sad? Makes us FEEL the sadness or pain the baby goes through after the initial joy/happiness/hope? Is he successful? Does he make reader happy at first then sad?