Literary Genre 2016: Key Quotes

 

                                                                                                                                                     LC.2016

DOAS

  • ‘Foster’ by Claire Keegan; ‘Death of a Superhero’ directed by Ian Fitzgibbon; ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen

     

    SETTING

    ‘she hasn’t enough to pay the man’ ‘stretching the money’

    ‘freezer packed solid’

    ‘money to spare’

     

    Contrast between affluent contemporary Dublin and dark foreboding apocalyptic world of Donald’s troubled mind.

     

    ‘Have you thought what people will say?’ TORVALD

    ‘Your most sacred duties….towards your husband and your children.’ TORVALD

     

     

    CHARACTERISATION

    ‘learned enough, grown enough’

     

    ‘It felt like I had control for once’

    ‘I’ve never been out with a girl before’

    ‘a brilliant artist’

    ‘I want you to come to this exact spot’

     

    ‘You know I could never act against your wishes’ (Nora to Torvald)

    ‘It is no use forbidding me anything any longer’

    ‘I have been greatly wronged’

     

     

    NARRATIVE TECHNIQUES

     

    FIRST-PERSON NARRATOR ‘I want to say I’m afraid but am too afraid to ask’

    ‘lost our red shorthorn in a game of forty-five’ (about father)

     

    Told mainly from Donald’s point of view

     

    DIALOGUE essential for characterisation and to help audience understand the key relationship between Nora and Torvald – ‘songbird’ ‘skylark’ etc.

    and stage directions crucial.

     

    STAGE DIRECTIONS used at key moments to emphasise their significance – ‘sinks down on a chair at the door and buries his face in his hands’ or e.g. Nora surreptitiously eats macaroon.

     

     

    DIALOGUE

    ‘Try not to fall into the fire, you’ (Dan)

    ‘petal’ (Kinsella)

    ‘softhearted fool’ (Gertrude about Kinsella)

    ‘’there are no secrets here’

    ‘If you were mine, I’d never leave you in a house with strangers’

     

    ‘Mental control freak’

    ‘I’ve never been out with a girl before’

    ‘Come to this exact spot’

     

    ‘Lark’ ‘song bird’

    ‘squirrel’

    ‘You know I could never act against your wishes’     NORA

     

    SUSPENSE

    ‘Without ever mentioning that he would come back for me’

     

    ‘He’s dying. Don is dying. Get that into your head.’

     

    ‘I have no idea what is going to become of me’

     

    THEMES

    *Healing power of love*

    ‘I have learned enough, grown enough’

     

    ‘you’re an amazing man. I love you’ (Dad to Donald)

     

    *restrictive effects of society on the individual*

    ‘I have never been happy’

    ‘Sacred duties’

     

    TITLES

     

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English@BanagherCollege

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