February 6, 2009 les devoirs
Now, I’ve got a rather obscene amount of homework to do at the moment. This consists of:
- An Essay on Hamlet –
‘Polonius is nothing more than a self-serving, meddling fool whom the audience dislikes.’
‘Polonius is a complex character who tries to balance his duties as a caring father and loyal advisor to the king.’
What evidence is there in the text to support these views? How do you think Shakespeare presents Polonius?
- A History Coursework on the British Empire. I have done two sections and now need to answer this one;
To what extent are ‘New Imperialism’ and the Diamond Jubilee evidence of a new, more confident phase in the empire’s history?
How much of a turning-point in the strength of the empire was the Boer War?
How much support was there across British society and the political parties for these ideas?
A French Coursework, for which I set myself a stupidly difficult question, 500 words of which must be submitted by this time next week –
Examiner les thèmes de l’amour et la jalousie dans Bonjour Tristesse par Françoise Sagan et Miss Harriet par Guy de Maupassant, et les différences entre les approches des histoires.
Preparation for my French oral, which will be about Marie Antoinette – la derniere reine de la France – looking not only at her place in history but her relevance to today’s culture and fashion trends
Reading First World War literature for a massive synoptic exam and thinking about how I can compare and contrast the ones I have read
Swatting up on literary criticism
Learning quotes from Hamlet and the Lyrical Ballads
Learning French verb conjugations (which, despite having studied French for like 7 years, I STILL DON’T GET)
I will try to be good and keep up with the blog, but if i’m not around here so much in the next week or so, that’s why. Sorry.