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Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson One, Two and Three

Sarah Knightley | Thursday June 20, 2013

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

Lesson Objectives

AO1 Will have an overview of act 1 scene 1
AO2 Will revisit Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric and use this to analyse the opening scene
AO3 Will be able to draw comparisons with Marlowe’s Faustus

Character List

Students can read through the cast list in the text and practice pronunciation as well as getting familiar with the names and who they are.

  • Florio: The father of Annabella and Giovanni.
  • Giovanni: son of Florio
  • Annabella: Giovanni’s sister and the daughter of Florio
  • Bonaventura: a friar, tutor to Giovanni
  • Putana: Annabella’s tutor and adviser.
  • Donado: A Parma citizen and uncle of Bergetto.
  • Soranzo: A nobleman who seeks to marry Annabella.
  • Vasques: The Spanish servant to Soranzo.
  • Bergetto: A nephew of Donado who seeks to marry Annabella.
  • Poggio: Bergetto’s servant.
  • Richardetto: A supposed physician
  • Hippolata: wife of Richardetto
  • Grimaldi: A Roman soldier and aristocrat.

Task: Quick Quiz
Can you remember the main characters?

  1. The father of Annabella and Giovanni?
  2. Son of Florio?
  3. Giovanni’s sister and the daughter of Florio?
  4. A friar, tutor to Giovanni?
  5. Annabella’s tutor and adviser?

Why Does Ford Set the Play in Italy (Parma)

Task: In pairs, come up with at least 3 different ideas as to why Ford chose to do this.

Act 1, Scene1. Giovanni and the Friar

The opening logical and philosophical/religious discussion between the Friar and Giovanni reflects the European Renaissance tradition of argument. In this tradition, students and their teachers used logical reasoning to support their philosophical...


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