Module C: Representation and Text
The Focus of the Module
- Examine and explore how different events, personalities or situations are represented in the text.
- Make a judgement about what the composer has to say about the event, personality or situation.
- Develop a personal opinion (and response) about how the composer's attitude has been represented.
- Study a range of texts to develop an understanding of what representation is and how it works
- Evaluate the means of production/text type and how it uses its language to represent different opinions
- Consider the purpose and audience of each text and the relationship between this and text type.
Conflicting Perspectives - things to consider?
- What differing and opposing perspectives (on any issue) are presented in the text?
- How does the context of the people, event or situation involved affect the expression of the opinion, or our understanding of it.
- Is there resolution to the conflict? Is resolution possible?
Issues we might encounter in Julius Caesar
Conflicts we may encounter in Julius Caesar
Freedom and Equality vs Tyranny
What are the implications on people's lives? Who is fighting for each side?
The tension between past and present
How does the present reflect the past? How will it influence the future?
Private vs Public Loyalties
Which of these will be stronger in the end?
Honesty and Duplicity
What truth is being told? What is being concealed?
How do the historical, personal and political mesh together?
Where is the value in rhetoric and persuasion? Where are the conflicts, where are the victories?
Honour vs Ambition
Duty and service or the right to rule?
What symbols are used to represent other ideas?
Does this really have an impact? Does it affect people's rational actions?