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Cue For Treason
Transcript of Cue For Treason
CHARACTERS CONFLICT GREATEST
ACTS Peter The first greatest escape in Cue for Treason is when Peter and Kit escape from Peter’s house after Peter has returned from Ullswater. Sir Phillip Morton and his men are outside of Peter’s house trying to break the door down, because they are looking for Peter and Kit. Mr. Brownrigg, Peter’s father, is shooting Sir Phillip’s men with arrows and throwing boiling water down, trying to keep Peter and Kit safe. All of the windows have been barred up except for one small dairy window at the back of the house. There are tall ferns behind the window to help protect Peter and Kit from Sir Phillip’s vision, and they escape without anyone noticing. There are many courageous acts performed throughout Cue For Treason. These are just several of many during this novel. VILLAINS Cue For Treason Kit Shakespeare Peter Kit Shakespeare ADDITIONAL
CHARACTERS THEMES SETTINGS SHAKESPEARE Queen Elizabeth I William Shakespeare Sir Robert Cecil Sir Francis Bacon Peter Kit Kit & Peter Peter: Peter has the most courageous acts out of all the characters, as he is very brave. Peter’s most courageous act is when he goes into the Peel Tower in Cumberland to try and find Tom Boyd, because both Peter and Kit have no idea where he is. Tom went inside the Peel Tower to see if he could find any information on Sir Philip Morton’s scheme to kill Queen Elizabeth I. Peter has know idea what to expect on the inside, and he isn’t even sure if Tom Boyd is still there or not. For all he knows, Tom could be hiding the rocks, waiting to go back to their encampment. Peter and Kit’s first courageous act is closer towards the beginning, in the rising action. The ‘Yellow Gentleman’, or Sir David Vicars, steals one of Shakespeare’s plays from an innocent Peter who thinks Sir David is just an avid fan of theatre. Peter confronts Sir David later, in public, where everyone believes Peter is just a peasant looking for attention. While Peter is making an imbecile of himself, Kit follows Sir David to his home, and founds out where he lives. Later in the night, the two of them go to Sir David’s house, and Peter climbs up the side of the house, using daggers as footholds to reach the window. Kit is meanwhile dressed up as a girl, and she goes to the front door pretending to be a damsel in distress to distract Sir David and his friend, and remove them from the room with the play. While those two are downstairs comforting Kit, Peter grabs the play and makes a quick getaway. Kit’s most courageous act is running away from home and joining the theatre while pretending to be a boy. Back in Elizabethan time, if a girl was ever caught doing this; she would get in a tremendous heap of trouble, and maybe even be executed. Kit’s parents wanted her to Marry Sir Philip Morton, but Kit knew he was a terrible person, and that all he wanted was her fortune. In the end, Kit made a decision to be become Kit Kirkstone, and leave behind her identity of Katherine Russel. Peter’s second most courageous act is when he decides to play Juliet in the place of Kit when she runs away. Peter knew Kit’s lines, but he had never actually practiced the part, he’s supposed to be the maid. Peter has absolutely no clue why Kit ran away, but when he is on stage as Juliet and sees Sir Phillip Morton in the front row, he understands fully. Kit looked more like Katherine Russel in Juliet’s dress, and Sir Phillip would have noticed her in a second if he had seen her. Peter ends up saving Kit’s life by taking on the role of Juliet. The last courageous act that Peter and Kit perform together is saving the Queen. Throughout the whole book they overcome obstacles such as crazy politicians and psychopathic miners. Peter and Kit join the Queen’s Secret Service and uncover catastrophic crisis in which Sir Phillip Morton plans on taking over England. Sir Phillip had John Somers, an actor, ready to shoot the Queen during the middle of a play during the cannon shots, so no-one would notice at first, but Peter and Kit saved the day with the gunman being found right at the very last second. ~ ~ ESCAPE #1 ESCAPE #2 The second greatest escape happens in the second chapter of Cue For Treason. Sir Phillip Morton has put a wall up around some farming families’ property, calling it his own, when those families had owned the land for hundreds of years. The community is highly angered by Sir Phillip’s action, and they want their land back. In the middle of the night, all the men in the village gather together to help take Sir Phillip’s ridiculous wall down. Peter is supposed to be keeping a lookout in case anyone comes riding up the road and sees the men, because no one knows about their plot to tear down the wall. Unfortunately, Peter isn’t very good at his job, and Sir Phillip comes riding up. All the men manage to escape, except Peter who hides and makes an ignorant decision and attempts to throw a rock at Sir Phillip’s head. Peter misses and runs away, but he forgets his hat, with his named on, by the rocks. Sir Phillip’s men find the hat, and Peter has to leave home to save his life, and his family’s. ESCAPE #3 For the third greatest escape, I chose the time when Peter escaped from Anthony Duncan on the island in Ullswater. Duncan is holding Peter hostage, and Duncan decides to give Peter a bottle of wine in hopes of it making Peter want to talk about how much he knows. Peter takes a few sips and breaks the bottle on the wall while Duncan isn’t looking. Peter then uses a sharp shard of glass from the bottle to cut the rope off of this ankles and hands. Peter manages to knock Duncan out cold, and he swims across to the mainland, narrowly avoiding death in the fells. ESCAPE #4 The fourth greatest escape is when Peter and Kit escape from the delusional ginger miner. Peter and Kit are making good time on their journey to London to tell Sir Robert Cecil of Sir Phillip Morton’s plans to assassinate the Queen when this deranged miner and his friends hop out from the cliffs and threaten Peter and Kit. The miners take Peter and Kit’s horses, which they stole from Mr. Armthwaite, one of Sir Phillip’s allies who tried to keep them captive. After stealing the two horses, the miners then try and push Peter and Kit down a pothole into the river below, which would end up being the death of them. Both luckily and unluckily, Sir Phillip and his men appear in the distance, causing the miners to run off, and leaving another crisis for Peter and Kit to deal with. ESCAPE #5 The fifth and final greatest escape is when Peter narrowly avoids being found by Sir Phillip. At this time, Peter is well on his way to get away from Cumberland, as he is in Penrith. He is sitting on a stool eating away watching a play being put on by Mr. Desmond’s travelling company of actors. All of a sudden, Peter notices Sir Phillip watching the same play as well. Peter, panicking, tries to think of way to escape, and he accidentally catches Sir Phillip’s attention. Sir Phillip chases Peter all around Backstage until Peter finds a spot to hide in a coffin. Peter is carried on stage and off where he is eventually found in Mr. Desmond’s wagon. In the end, Peter becomes an actor and joins Mr. Desmond’s travelling company. Sir Phillip Morton The worst villain in Cue for Treason is Sir Phillip Morton, because he is the antagonist in the story, and he turns Peter’s and Kit’s lives into a mess. Sir Phillip plans to marry Kit so he can have her fortune, but first he wants to kill the Queen and take over the crown. Sir Phillip is selfish and narcissistic throughout the story, and he is only thinking of ways to enrich himself and his fortune. Firstly, Sir Phillip does not care about Kit in the least. If Kit ended up marrying Sir Phillip, he would have tossed her aside as soon as he got his grubby hands all over her inheritance. As well, Sir Phillip wants to take over the crown and become ruler of England. Sir Phillip is not concerned in the least with how it will affect the hundreds of thousands, possibly even millions, of people living in England. Sir Phillip Morton deserved his death more than any other person could have. Sir David Vicars The second worst villain is ‘the Yellow Gentleman’, or Sir David Vicars. Sir David is also a big villain in Cue for Treason, because he is one of Sir Phillip’s allies in the scheme to kill the Queen. Sir David borrows the script for ‘King Henry the Fifth’ from Peter, without Peter realising what Sir David’s intentions are. Kit later scolds Peter, calling him an idiot and a country bumpkin. Peter and Kit think Sir David is a playhouse pirate, and that he stole the play for another theatre. After following Sir David back to his quarters, Peter and Kit found out that he’s actually working with Sir Phillip. Mr. Armthwaite The third and final villain in Cue for Treason is Mr. Armthwaite, who is a local magistrate in Cumberland, Peter’s home ground. Once Peter and Kit escape from Peter’s house where Sir Phillip is trying to get inside, they run to Mr. Armthwaite’s house in hopes of getting help in sending word to Sir Robert Cecil, head of the Queen’s Secret Service. While at Mr. Armthwaite’s house, Peter tells Mr. Armthwaite the whole story, while Kit is very quietly listening. Mr. Armthwaite claims to have no knowledge of the on goings with Sir Phillip, but Kit knows better. Once Kit and Peter realise that Mr. Armthwaite is lying, they threaten to hurt Mr. Armthwaite if does as much as move while they lock him in his room and escape through the window. While leaving the property, Kit and Peter each steal one of Mr. Armthwaite’s nicest horses from the stable boy. Queen Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I was born on September 7, 1533 in Greenwich, England, and died on March 24, 1603 in Richmond, England. Queen Elizabeth’s reign lasted from November 17, 1559, until her death in 1603 at age 69. Queen Elizabeth was loved by her people and known for her charisma, as she did not want what was best for her, but what was best for her people, which is why it is believed that she was a virgin and never married. The Queen established the Protestant Church, of which she became the supreme governor, which later evolved into the Church of England. Sir Robert Cecil Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, was born on June 1, 1563 in London, England, and died on May 24, 1612 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Sir Robert was Queen Elizabeth’s advisor and her Secretary of state, and was extensively involved in state security. Between the years of 1601 and 1612, Sir Robert served as third chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin and chancellor of the University of Cambridge. For most of Sir Robert’s life, he spent time serving as a spymaster for King James. William Shakespeare William ‘the Bard’ Shakespeare was (supposedly) born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and died on April 23, 1616, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. At the age of 18, William married Anne Hathaway, and they had 3 children together, Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. William was a playwright and wrote a total of 37 plays and 154 sonnets. William opened his dream theatre, the Globe, in 1599, and burnt to the ground on June 19, 1613. Sir Francis Bacon Sir Francis Bacon was born on January 22, 1561 in Strand, London, England and died on April 6, 1626 in Highgate, London, England. Sir Francis was an English philosopher, scientist, jurist, statesman, and author who served as both the Lord Chancellor and Attorney General for England. Sir Francis was knighted in 1603, at the age of 42. Sir Francis has been called the creator of empiricism, and his works established and popularised methods such as the Baconian Method, or the scientific method. Person vs. Soceity There were many conflicts in Cue for Treason, but for Person vs. Society, Kit has the toughest time. Kit is a girl, and because of that, she has no voice in matters that involve her, even her own life. Kit is actually Katherine Russel, who is pretending to be a boy, Kit Kirkstone. Kit runs away from home to avoid marrying the awful Sir Phillip Morton, who she terribly despises. Kit instead dresses up as a boy after she runs away, and joins Mr. Desmond’s travelling company of actors. Kit becomes an actor, and only Peter and Shakespeare know her secret. Person vs. Person There were a lot of conflicts between just two people, but the biggest conflict was between the protagonist and antagonist, Peter Brownrigg and Sir Phillip Morton. It all started in the very beginning, with Peter throwing a rock at Sir Phillip’s head, only narrowly missing. After that little incidence, Sir Phillip goes after Peter throughout the whole story, although Peter manages to help capture Sir Phillip at the end, who then gets beheaded. Person vs. Self Throughout Cue for Treason, Peter had quite a few conflicts with himself in which he had to overcome. One of these conflicts is when Peter is climbing up the walls of Sir David Vicar’s house, using only daggers to assist himself. Peter is unsure of whether or not he can safely get up and down the wall without falling or ruining his plans, but he manages to do it without any complications. Person vs. Nature There are not many circumstances in Cue for Treason where someone struggles or has a conflict with nature, but one of the biggest times that it did happen was when Peter was climbing through the Fells. In the end, the Fells did end up helping Peter to escape and get rid of his pursuers, but in the beginning, they made it tough for Peter to find somewhere to escape from Sir Phillip’s men and to keep safe. Mr. and Mrs.
Desmond The biggest additional hero(es) in Cue for Treason are Mr. and Mrs. Desmond. These two are the ranked as the biggest heroes, because they came to Peter and Kit’s rescue on multiple occasions. First, they decided to take both Peter and Kit in as if they were their own children, and the two young actors accompanied the married couple across their acting tour, and back to London. Mr. and Mrs. Desmond helped to secure Kit and Peter a place to work at the Globe theatre (along with Shakespeare’s help). As well, when Sir Phillip and his men had almost caught up to Peter and Kit on their way to London to find Sir Robert Cecil, the pair runs into Mr. and Mrs. Desmond who help to capture Sir Phillip. Mr. Brownrigg The second additional hero is Mr. Brownrigg, Peter’s father. Mr. Brownrigg is considered an additional hero, because he helps to save Peter’s life twice and Kit’s life once. In the beginning, Mr. Brownrigg gives Peter some food and money and tells him to run somewhere far away, until it’s safe for him to come back, otherwise Peter would lose his life to Sir Phillip. Later on, Mr. Brownrigg saves both Peter’s and Kit’s lives when Sir Phillip’s men are trying to knock down the Brownrigg’s door, because they know that Peter and Kit are inside. While Sir Phillip’s men are trying to knock down the door with a dead tree, Mr. Brownrigg shoot them with arrows and throws down boiling water as a bit of a delay while Peter and Kit escape through the dairy window at the back of the house. Tom Boyd Tom Boyd is the third additional hero, but definitely not the last, as there were many in the story. Tom Boyd lost his life while scouting out the Peel Tower to try and find any information about Sir Phillip’s plot to take over England. Tom Boyd was incredibly brave, as he led Peter and Kit from London to Cumberland, and then the three of them hid in the cliffs in order to not be seen. Tom Boyd was very clever, and even picked the lock the peel door tower. the Peel tower It is Important to
Help Others Despite
Risk to Yourself In Cue for Treason, Peter, Kit, and several others showed that it is important to help others despite risk to yourself all throughout the story with their selfless acts. Peter and Kit helped to save the Queen by risking their lives in many dangerous ways, such as going into the Yellow Gentleman’s house, going into the Peel tower, and riding all the way to London from Cumberland. Mr. Brownrigg showed this theme when he helped keep his son, Kit, and the rest of his family safe from Sir Phillip Morton and his men. As well, Mr. and Mrs. Desmond kept Peter even though they knew he was running from the law back in Cumberland. Finally, Shakespeare did not tell a soul about kit being a girl, even though he could be sentenced if anyone found out he knew. Bravery, Noble Ideals and Heroism Inspire us and Raise our Spirits Bravery, noble ideals and heroism inspire us and raise our spirits in Cue for Treason, because many of the characters displayed selfless emotions and acts of kindness. An example of one of the many kinds acts was when Shakespeare took Peter and Kit under his wing to become his apprentices. Tom Boyd was noble when he lost his life to find information about Sir Phillip’s plot, and Peter’s neighbours were brave when they went to help Mr. Brownrigg fight off Sir Phillip and his men. The only characters that didn’t show bravery and heroism were the characters involved with Sir Phillip and his scheme. Good Will Always
Triumphs in the End In almost every story good will triumphs in the end, especially in Cue for Treason. During the rising action, we found out the Sir Phillip Morton has a plan to kill Queen Elizabeth and take over England. Peter and Kit are trying to figure out a way to understand what is going on and to find a way to save the Queen. Throughout the last part of the story, obstacles are being thrown at Peter and Kit from every direction as they try to make it back to London to tell Sir Robert Cecil, head of the Queen’s Secret Service, about Sir Phillip’s plans. Unfortunately, Peter and Kit seem to be endlessly running into Sir Phillip over and over again. Right at the end, you think there is no hope and that the Queen is a goner, but right at the last second some guards snatch John Somers, the gunman, away and very few people find out about Sir Phillip’s plans. Peter and Kit end up getting married and moving to her estate where they have several sons, and everybody lives happily ever after. 1. Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
2. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he died on his 52nd birthday.
3. Shakespeare had three children: Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith.
4. Shakespeare built his dream playhouse, the Globe, only to have it burn down.
5. Shakespeare's family was very well-off when he was growing up and he avoided the black death. Shakespeare's Plays 1. Shakespeare wrote comdies, tragedies, and histories. 3. All the actors in Shakespeare's plays were males.
4. Shakespeare would sometimes only finish writing the play while it was being performed.
5. Shakespeare created some words in his plays and sonnets that are still being used today. 2. Sometimes playhouse pirates would steal Shakespeare's plays. Elizabethan Theatre 1. Girls were not allowed to act during this time. (Young boys played female roles).
2. Plays were not expensive, as everyone from commoners to upperclassmen watched. If you had money, you could buy a stool to sit on and a meal to eat, or sit in the stand with a roof over your head.
3. Plays did not run during the winter, as there was no roof over the theatres.
4. Sometimes you could sit on the edge of the stage if there was enough room.
5. Theatres were also used for bear-baiting.
Cumberland My favourite setting in Cue for Treason is Cumberland. The way Peter describes makes it sound so beautiful, “I (Peter) thought of Blencathra under a blue satin sky, and Skiddaw Forest when the heather is new, and Derwentwater mirroring all the fells, and young larches standing out against a hillside sugared with snow…” (Trease, 199). The way Peter explains Cumberland makes you want to book a plane ticket and pack your suitcase straightaway, because you can’t help but fall in love with this place in an instant. If I could choose anywhere in the world to visit on my next vacation, it would be Cumberland without a doubt. London My second favourite setting in the story is London. It may seem like a bit of a strange choice, especially since it wasn’t a very pleasant place to live back then, but I always love going to big cities and exploring new places. Back then, there would have been people bustling around, and markets and lots of noise and commotion and on goings, which is all a part of being in the city. As well, I live in the country, so I don’t know what it is like having everything you need to survive within walking distance of your home, and it definitely sounds like it would have been an exciting place to visit, especially with all those theatres. Cumberland Ullswater Ullswater My third and final favourite setting in Cue for Treason is Ullswater. Ullswater is home to Kit, and where her future inheritance lies. “ Kit pointed up the long thin lake, black and yellow under the full moon. “I’ve (Kit) got a house up there,” she boasted, “with glass in the windows, and tapestry with pictures on the wall. And land –ooh, acres and acres.” (Trease, 162) Kit is describing the land she will in inherit when she becomes of age, and no one can blame her for being in love with the place, it sound absolutely gorgeous. I am a country girl, and I love big open spaces with lots of room to run, and water to swim in, which is my Ullswater sounds absolutely magical.