Presentation on theme: "‘Havisham’ Learning Objective:"— Presentation transcript:
1 ‘Havisham’ Learning Objective: To be able to explore and explain the way in which relationships are presented through language in ‘Havisham.’
2 Higher grade criteria A Evaluate and imagine You weigh up how effective the method is. You use your own judgements and invent your own ways of looking at a poem.BAnalyseYou delve deeper into the poet’s methods. You examine them as if under a microscope.CExploreYou investigate and look at points in detail. You see that there is more to discover.
3 Background Miss Havisham is a character from ‘Great Expectations’; She is jilted by her scheming fiancé before they are married;She remains in her wedding dress for the rest of her life whilst plotting her revenge on all men.
8 Stanza 4‘A red balloon bursting…’ ‘A white veil.’
9 Beloved sweetheart bastard. Not a day since then I haven’t wished him dead. Prayed for itso hard I’ve dark green pebbles for eyes,ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with.Oxymoron shows combination of feelingsEnjambmentMetaphorHer means of revenge.Metaphor used to emphasise strength of hands.
10 Spinster. I stink and remember. Whole days One word sentence is what society sums her up asShe sees her life as decay and memoriesSpinster. I stink and remember. Whole daysin bed cawing Nooooo at the wall; the dressyellowing, trembling if I open the wardrobe;the slewed mirror, full-length, her, myself, who did thisMakes her sound like an animalLkjlkjsfdTurning or twistingSounds like she no longer recognises what she has become
11 to me? Puce curses that are sounds not words. Suggesting that at night she is able to dreamPurplish-redto me? Puce curses that are sounds not words.Some nights better, the lost body over me,my fluent tongue in its mouth in its earthen down till I suddenly bite awake. Love’sThe man she mighthave marriedShe asks who has made her this wayWhat is the effect of ‘bite awake?’
12 hate behind a white veil; a red balloon bursting Use of oxymoron to show unstable mixture of Havisham’s feelings.Suggests celebrations that did not take place. What else might ‘red’ suggest?hate behind a white veil; a red balloon burstingin my face. Bang. I stabbed at a wedding-cake.Give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon.Don’t think it’s only the heart that b-b-b-breaks.Combines both love and revengeStammered words to suggest a kind of collapse
13 SubjectWrite a short description of what the poem is about.ThemeWhat are the main ideas in the poem?MeaningIs the poem straightforward or ambiguous? What do you think it means?Tone and moodComment on the poem’s tone and mood. Does the poem make use of any irony or humour?Interesting detailsComment on any details that you find interesting in the poem.Structure and formDescribe the structure and form of the poems – look at such things as rhyme, rhythm, stanza form.Key imagesLook for key images in the poem. Say what the image is; what it means and how it works in the poem.Personal responseGive your own response to the poem, with reasons.
14 Questions to considerWhy does the poet omit Miss Havisham's title and refer to her by her surname only?Why does the poet write ‘spinster’ on its own? What does Miss Havisham think about this word and its relevance to her?What is the effect of “Nooooo” and “b-b-breaks”? Why are these words written in this way?What is the meaning of the image of ‘a red balloon bursting?Does Miss Havisham have a fair view of men?What do you think of her view of being an unmarried woman?
15 Perhaps the most important part of the poem is the question ‘who did this/to me?’ How far does the poem show that Miss Havisham is responsible for her own misery, and how far does it support her feelings of self-pity and her desire for revenge?
17 Consider the way Carol Ann Duffy presents the speaker of the poem.
18 Sample introduction to your answer In the poem ‘Havisham’ Carol Ann Duffy presents Miss Havisham as bitter and twisted through her use of language. She shows her as wanting revenge on her finance who left her on her wedding day. However Miss Havisham also seems confused at times.