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All That Glisters - Anne Donovan
Transcript of All That Glisters - Anne Donovan
In our study of 'All That Glisters, we'll be looking at the following aspects:
Word choice, imagery, dialect
When you were small, did you:
-have a favourite toy? What was it and why did you like it?
-like drawing and arts and crafts? what aspect in particular?
-ever steal sweets from a shop?
Now read the story.
First reactions: did you enjoy the story? What emotions did you experience throughout?
How did you find the Glaswegian dialect?
Short stories are generally quite condensed and often have quite a fixed structure. Here it is:
In groups, discuss if this structure fits the progression of 'All That Glisters'. If so, what parts fit which parts of the narrative structure?
Here's what we started to note down yesterday.
(setting the scene) - we know that Clare is a 2nd year in a Glaswegian 2ndary school, and her father is ill
- we meet Clare's father and learn how ill he really is
- Clare's father dies and the funeral takes place. Clare is not allowed to wear what her father would have liked
- Clare begins to come to terms with the death of her father: we get a sense of some positivity and hope
Task: write a summary of 'All That Glisters' in no more than three sentences. Share your summary with your partner.
Dinnae Listen tae Lees
Ye micht hiv been telt bi yer teacher an bi ithers
that whit ye speak is juist a local slang or even an
ill-moothit kinna English but it’s no. It’s Scots aw richt!
There ur mony kinds o Scots that lippins maistly on
whaur ye bide an they’re aw dialects o Scots. Nane o
thaim is dialects o English. Aboot twa thirds o the
words in a guid Scots text is Scots words that the
English language shares. Baith thae languages acquired
thae words maistly aboot the same time an baith
languages haes an equal richt tae yaise thaim an tae
cry thaim thair ain.
Fae the Wabsite o the Scots Tang
Do Not Listen to Lies
You might have been told by your teacher and by others
that what you speak is just a local slang or even a bad form
of English, but it’s not. It’s Scots all right! There are many
kinds of Scots. This depends mostly on where you stay
but they are all dialects of Scots. None of them are dialects
of English. About two thirds of the words in a good Scots
text are Scots words that the English language shares.
Both of these languages acquired these words mostly
around the same time, and both languages have an
equal right to use them and to call them their own.
From the Website of the Scots Tongue
a) These words all appear in the first couple of paragraphs of the story.
Copy them down and find their definition.
daein, gied, flair, wanst, glisterin, skinklin, wan, daurk, sumpn, clartit
b)Then find five more Scots words, write them in your notes and state their meaning in English.
Study these two pictures.
Which perspective gives you a greater understanding of what’s generally going on?
Which perspective gives a greater understanding of the characters point of view?
1st person narration: Seen through the eyes of ONE character.
If the narrator does not see or experience an event first-hand, it cannot be a part of the story. All scenes in the story are filtered through this person’s unique perception.
The advantages of using the first person type of narrative are:
Pick three words or phrases you think best sum up Clare
Respectful of adults
Think of a moment that shows this in the story.
Then try and find a quote that shows Clare demonstrating this quality.
For each of your words:
honest, respectful of adults, positive, charming, confident (choose three)
What does the name 'Clare' mean?
Does Clare's name suit her character? Why/why not?
Clare's relationship with her father:
Sum it up in three words.
Which key moments show us their relationship? Explain these.
Clare's outlook on life.
On the short story you have been given, highlight any words to do with colour or light.
Commenting on the word choice and the personification in these two quotes, show how Clare is a positive person, even in the hardest of times.
“The strands of hair stood oot roon ma heid like a halo, glisterin and dancin in the light”
“A sunbeam came through the windae and ah watched the dustspecks dancing in its light”
Quote the word from the passage
Give its connotations (what the word suggests)
Explain why it has been used by the writer – try
and be specific
Reread the conversation about subtlety on page 3. This is an intimate moment between the two characters – what ways does Donovan create this intimate moment?
Think about: is Clare’s behaviour usual for a girl her age? Who is teaching who here?
Also think about: Any intimate actions that Clare does?
What is disassociation?
A disruption of someone’s
brain – a mental process that
severs a connection to a persons’
thoughts feelings and identity –
and it allows the mind to
distance itself from the
Subtle: so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe.
Write down a quote that shows where Clare’s body literally blocks out the truth of what she has learnt.
“The coldness shot through me till ah felt ma bones shiverin and ah heard a voice..”
“The shouts were muffled as if in a fog.”
“Blue veins criss-crossed the back of her haun.
Why were veins blue when blood wis red?”
Pick one quote and explain how the word choice/ imagery show how Clare disassociates from the pain of her father’s death.
This is how you might start:
Clare disassociates when confronted with the death of her father.
Donavon shows us this through her use of word choice/simile:
Clare disassociates when confronted with the death of her father.
Donavon shows us this through her use of word choice:
Clare says “a voice” rather than “my voice”
This shows us that
You could answer the question like this...
Symbols are objects in a story used to represent other ideas/things. They can be seen as metaphors for these things.
Any guesses as to
the symbols in
'All That Glisters'?
What do you associate with hands? Is this a positive or a negative connection?
Hands represent connections
-when do we see this in the text?
Are there moments when hands could be seen to represent a lost connection?
Are there any moments when hauns seem negative or scary? Why?
Glitter – what associations do you have with glitter?
Where does it appear in the text?
How does it make characters feel?
Is this contrasted with anything?
How do you know it’s important?
Dust- begins having negative associations. Where? What does this scene FORESHADOW?
How does the dust change at the end?
How does it become positive?
What does this suggest about the development of Clare’s character?
Stains or Imprints – do you have the same associations for both of these words? What is the difference?
What happens in the story when these things are mentioned or described?
Which is more permanent – the imprint or the stain? Is this a positive or negative aspect to the story?