Two rich brothers, Oliver and Roderick, have made a bet. Roderick believes that a man cannot survive in the city for a month with only a million pound bank-note, but Oliver believes he can. Now the two brothers are searching a person to bet on … Getting to know the story
When we read the play, we should focus on the three elements of it: characters, plots and theme.
How many characters are there in the scene? Who are they?
CharactersWho are they? Henry Adams Roderick and Oliver a lost American Businessman in London two old and wealthy English brothers
About a month agoHenry was _____ out of the bay. Towards nightfallHenry was ______ out to sea by a strong wind. The next morningHenry was ________by a ship. LastlyHenry arrived in ________ by working as an unpaid hand. NowHenry is ______ in London and wandering in the street. Just at that timeRoderick notices him and asks him to ______ in his house. To Henrys surpriseThe two brothers gives Henry a ______ with money in it.
sailing carried spotted London Towards nightfall Lastly About a month ago The next morning Henry was ______ out of the bay. Henry was ______ out to sea by a strong wind. Henry was ________by a ship. Henry arrived in ________ by working as an unpaid hand.
Roderick gave Henry a _________ with money in it. lost step letter The two brothers gives Henry a ______ with money in it. Now Henry is______ in London and wandering in the street. Just at that time To Henrys surprise letter Roderick notices him and asks him to ______ in his house.
Henrys feelings change as the story develops between Henry and the two brothers. 8 occasions Henrys Feelings
Occasion How he feels 1.Before he enters the brothers house 2.When he introduces himself 3.When the brothers ask him about his plans 4.When he tells them how he reached London by ship 5.When they seem happy that he has no money 6.When they give him the envelope 7.When they tell him there is money in it 8.Before he leaves the house unhappy grateful anxious curious excited hopeful angry
OccasionHenrys feelings Before he enters the brothers house unhappy, anxious When he introduces himself curious When the brothers ask him about his plans hopeful unhappy, grateful, anxious, curious, excited, hopeful, angry
curious, angry When they give him the envelope When they seem happy that he has no money When he tells them how he reached London by ship grateful unhappy, grateful, anxious, curious, excited, hopeful, angry
Before he leaves the house curious When they tell him there is money in it unhappy unhappy, grateful, anxious, curious, excited, hopeful, angry
The theme is how, a American in London is by Roderick and Oliver, the two English brothers for their. Henry lost chosen bet
Task 1. Enjoy the movie. Pay attention to Henrys look and his words.
Task 2. Discussion What kind of person do you think Henry is? Why do you think so?
It is my first trip here. L21) It is my first trip here. L21) Well, I cant say that I have any plans. (L25) Well, to be honest, I have none. (no money)(L42) He tells the truth to the brothers.
Im hoping to find work.(L25) I earned my passage by working as an unpaid hand.(L35) I dont want your charity. I just want an honest job.(L54) He wants work instead of charity.
Well, it may seem lucky to you but not to me! (L44) If this is your idea of some kind of joke, I dont think its very funny.(L44) Now, if youll excuse me, I think Ill be on my way.(L45) He says exactly what he thinks.
How to enjoy a play Focus on the three elements of the play: characters, plots and theme. Pay attention to what the characters say or do on different occasions, from which we can tell the characteristics of different characters.
What do you think will happen to Henry? Will the bank-note help him or get him into trouble? Give a possible development to the story. Prediction
Homework 1. Write down a short passage about what will happen to Henry after he leaves the house. 2. Read the play with emotion and then try to act it out.
He is wandering on the pavement outside their house.(L3) He is lost in London and does not know what he should do.(L4)
Adams. Henry Adams.(L15) Thats right, from San Francisco.(L19) Not at all, its my first trip here.(L21) Not at all. Go right ahead.(L23)
Well, I cant say that I have any plans. Im hoping to find work.(L25) As a matter of fact, I landed in Britain by accident.(L25)
I didnt know whether I could survive until morning.(L32) The next morning Id just about given myself up for lost when I was spotted by a ship.(L32)
Well, it may seem lucky to you but not to me!(L44) If this is your idea of some kind of joke, I dont think its very funny.(L44) Henry stands up to leave.(L45)
For me?(L49) Henry starts to open it.(L50) Oh, this is silly.(L51)
Oh, no. I dont want your charity. I just want an honest job.(L54)
Well, why dont you explain what this is all about?(L58)