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Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Four, Five and Six

Sarah Knightley | Monday June 24, 2013

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Tis Pity She’s a Whore Introduction
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson One, Two and Three
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Seven, Eight and Nine
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Ten, Eleven and Twelve
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Sixteen, Seventeen and Eighteen
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty One

Lesson Four

Lesson Objectives

  • Will have developed their knowledge of the plot and characters in the play and explored the Holy Thursday poems by Blake
  • Will explore the comedy presented in the play and start to make connections between the play and Blake’s poetry
  • Will be able to synthesise the texts exploring aspects of morality

Act 2, Scene 3,4,5 and 6 read and complete reading log.

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Comedy Definitions

Students to choose on of the quotations that they feel best describes comedy. How can this definition be applied to the play so far? (make links back to Bergetto in 1.3) This would give the students to consider theatre history and drama – comedy and tragedy for AO4.

  1. Sir Philip Sidney in The Defence of Poesie (1595): “comedy is an imitation of the common errors of our life, which [the comic dramatist] representeth in the most ridiculous and scornful sort that may be, so as it is impossible that any beholder can be content to be such a one”.
  2. “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl” - Charlie Chaplin
  3. “Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people” - Angela Carter
  4. “And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool—motley’s the only wear” - William Shakespeare
  5. “Though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve” - William Shakespeare

Act 2 Scene 2

  • Re write Bergetto’s love letter to Annabella in modern English.
  • How is this letter humorous and how does it contrast with the previous scenes?

Individual activity – could...


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