Learning check

1. Hot chair.

Groups of four: One person assumes the role of Dimitri, the others are journalists who interview Dimitri at the party where he receives a prize for “Drowning Boy”. Focus on his motives.  

Wider contexts

1. Reference to the bible.

The Biblical story of the Flood can be found in Genesis (1. Mosebog) chapters 6-9.

 

Wider contexts

2. Literary contexts: Other text by a different author: Robert Burns, “Man was made to mourn”

Read “Man was made to mourn” by Robert Burns and discuss to what extent it reflects the implied message of the story? Be inspired by pre-reading 4.

 

Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame!

And man, whose heav’n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, –
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!

                                                    1784

numerous utallig
frame legeme, skikkelse
pointed skarp, tydelig
regret beklage, fortryde
remorse have samvittighedsnag, angre
heav’n-erected  rettet op mod himlen, himmelvendt
a’dorn pryde, smykke
mourn sørge

 

Wider contexts

3. Literary context: other text by a different author: William Wordsworth, “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”, p. 217.

(Re)read Wordsworth’s poem “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” and note what is said about the Thames and the surrounding attractions. Make comparisons between the two views of London. Use the Venn diagram below to illustrate similarities and differences.

 

 

Venn diagram

venn diagram  

Wider contexts

4. Other media: article on global warming.

 Do you consider the results of global warming described in “Survivor Syndrome” realistic or exaggerated? Read the following article, and discuss the question again

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/30/india.flooding