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Cue For Treason (Grade 9)

Cue For Treason Book Report-Chris Gray

Chris Gray

on 4 March 2013

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Transcript of Cue For Treason (Grade 9)

Conflict Courageous
Acts Person vs. Person Favorite
Settings Shakespeare The first thing that I learned about William Shakespeare was that he was a man of true talent and knowledge. Shakespeare wrote thirty seven plays and one hundred and fifty four sonnets. Many of his plays were very famous and still are to this very day! Shakespeare was also very creative and made up many words that are still used today! While reading Cue For Treason I learned that William Shakespeare's career was not limited to just writing plays. William Shakespeare was an actor at the Globe Theatre and was cast into many different roles, although most of them were not major. Sometimes Shakespeare even acted in a plays that he wrote! Shakespeare was also a part owner of the Globe Theatre. Additional
Heroes HistoricalCharacters Shakespeare Sir Robert Cecil Sir Francis Bacon #3-Sir Joseph William Cue For Treason By: Geoffrey Trease The best example of person versus person conflict in Cue For Treason is Peter and Kit versus Sir Phillip Morton. Throughout the entire novel Sir Phillip is chasing down Kit and Peter, trying to catch and punish them for their various actions that are not to Sir Phillip's liking. For example: Sir Phillip wants to punish Peter for throwing a stone at him, and Phillip wants to catch Kit because she ran away from him when he wanted to marry her. Eventually Sir Phillip wants to catch the pair for their knowledge of his plot. Person vs. Self An example of person versus self conflict is when Peter is trying to swim across the Ullswater lake. Peter is tired and sore, and is only half way across the lake when he feels like giving up. However, Peter pushes himself extremely hard through the water because he knows that the fate of the Queen along with many lives throughout England rely on the knowledge in his head to save them. Peter manages to make his way across the body of water, energizing himself mentally. Person vs. Society Person vs. Nature The main example of person versus society conflict in Cue For Treason is the basis of the plot. This conflict is that many of the people in North England are not supporters of the Queen, and have conspired to assassinate her at one of Shakespeare's plays. A large group of men including Sir Phillip Morton create a scheme to take the Queen out of the throne because they are afraid of the new changes that the Queen is making to society. Peter and Kit deal with many conflicts with nature all through out the novel as they venture through the beautiful yet, treacherous landscape of Northern England. This includes scaling jagged mountains and racing across miles of hills. One of the greatest conflicts with nature ensues when Peter must escape certain death from Sir Phillip Morton by crossing the Ullswater lake. What would be a challenging swim flat out becomes a near impossible task when a raging storm blows in. This makes the water churn and form dangerous currents. Peter has no time to spare and must make this deadly trip despite the risky weather conditions. Greatest
Escapes #1-Coffin Hideout The escape that I find to be most suspenseful is Peter's escape from Sir Phillip Morton in Mr.Desmonds traveling theater. Sir Phillip spots Peter in the theater and begins to pursue him. Peter is forced to flee backstage where he is about to be cornered by Sir Phillip, in a impulsive move Peter hides in a coffin that is being used as a stage prop. Sir Phillip comes looking for Peter but, doesn't think to look in the coffin. The coffin that holds Peter is eventually taken onto the stage of the play, saving Peter from being caught. I find this extremely suspenseful because Sir Phillip knows that Peter ran somewhere backstage but doesn't know that he is hiding under his nose the entire time! #2-Helvellyn Chase Another one of my favorite escapes is Peter's chase a mountain in Ullswater. Peter is pursued by a pair of cronies from Sir Phillips' gang of conspirators, up the Helvellyn summit. Peter pushes himself extremely hard physically to scale the summit but, is eventually run down by his followers. As Peter's enemies moved extremely close, Peter lunged out and grabbed one man's leg, taking him off balance and sending him tumbling down the mountain's face. The other man who is after Peter discontinues upon seeing his friends grim punishment. This buys Peter enough time to escape to his farm house and see his family. #3- The Yellow Gentleman One day, Peter has his script stolen from him by a man named Sir David Vicars or as Peter and Kit call him, "The Yellow Gentleman." Peter and Kit believe that Sir David is using the script to sell as his own play and use it before Shakespeare has a chance to use it himself. Peter and Kit go to Sir David's house to take the script back. While Kit distracts the occupants of Sir David's mansion by pretending to have been attacked, Peter scales the back wall using daggers that he collected from the theater. Peter then comes in through one of the windows of the house and finds the script, he then descends down the wall back to the safety of his boat below. However, once Peter is in his boat Sir David notices him and begins to yell at him. Peter quickly tricks Vicars by acting as a young couple. Peter and Kit both get away safely Peter scaling Vicars' Mansion #4-Virgin Mine Captor While Peter and Kit are on their way to London to inform authorities of Sir Phillip's evil plot, they come across an obstacle in the Virgin Mine. Peter and Kit are captured by a group of criminal miners who steal their horses and plan to kill them. Thankfully, as Peter and Kit are being marched to their death Sir Phillip and his men come racing in. Thinking that the miners are Peter and Kit, Sir Phillip does not notice them and rides past, intent on catching the miners. Peter and Kit escape the miners and Sir Phillip, it is a two in one deal! #5- Back Door At one point Peter and Kit are trapped in Peter's home by Sir Phillip and some members as his gang. Peter's father and brother try to help by keeping the villains out of the house but, they know they cannot hold the intruders off for too long. Peter and Kit need to find some way out of the house so they can find help and rescue their endangered family. Kit has the idea of sneaking out the milk window in the Brownrigg's basement and telling the neighbors of Sir Phillips siege. Peter and Kit squeeze through the small window and sneak stealthily right past Sir Phillips group. Peter and Kit then go and inform the neighbors that there is help needed at the Brownrigg farmhouse. Kit Peter Kit and Peter Kit and Peter decide that they can not make the trip to London and deliver the message about Sir Phillip's conspiracy in time for the play. They make the decision to give the message to Mr.Armthwaite, a magistrate in Keswick, so he can deliver the message. Upon talking to Mr.Armthwaite, Kit has a hunch that the magistrate is corrupted as well. Kit takes her pistol and aims it at Mr.Armthwaite, telling him to back away from where he is so that he doesn't sound any alarms. Kit is right and she and Peter escape because of this act. I find this to be courageous because she is threatening a respected magistrate and if her hunch is wrong she could be severely punished. She goes out on a limb and takes a risk for herself and also for her friend, Peter, which I find to be extremely courageous. When Peter and Kit are riding through the Virgin Mine, they come across a group of unruly miners who are out to steal their horses, belongings, and to kill Peter and Kit. Kit manages to break through the miners' barricade, but Peter is stopped and yanked of his horse. Kit has the choice to either go on and avoid risk to herself, or to go back and give Peter a fighting chance. Kit makes the brave, selfless move of going back for Peter. While doing this she is taken off her horse and is also captured. This is very courageous because she tries to save Peter, despite the immense risk to herself. Just after Peter and Kit become secret agents, they start a stake out at Sir Phillip's peel tower. While Tom Boyd searches the entire tower, Peter stands guard. After hours of waiting, Tom does not return. Peter considers going back to their camp or to the safety of his house but, decides to see if he can find Tom and possibly save him. Peter knows the dangers of going into the tower, considering that Tom did not return, but decides to enter the tower anyways. I find this to be creative because of the risk that Peter is putting on himself just to help another person. Venturing in to Sir Phillip's peel tower eventually gets Peter caught. When Peter is captured in the Peel tower, he is brought to a small island in Ullswater where he is held captive by a man Anthony Duncan, one of Sir Phillip's conspirators. Anthony Duncan is a kind man but will not let Peter leave. Peter knows that it he doesn't make it off the island and back home soon that he will be killed by Sir Phillip and everyone in England will go into war with each other.While Duncan is bent over breaking kindling, Peter smashes a large rock over his head. Although Peter knows that this was a necessary action he feels bad about it. I think this is very courageous of Peter because purposefully harming someone is out of his comfort zone, and that Peter will certainly be killed if he does not succeed in knocking Duncan out. While Kit, Peter and the Desmonds are on their way to London something unforeseeable happens. As the group tries to cross a shallow river Mr. Desmond's horse rears, causing him to fall off his horse and fall unconscious. Mr. Desmond begins to drown as the flowing river takes him downstream, however, Peter and Kit throw themselves into the rapids of the water to save Mr. Desmond's life. This puts Kit and Peter in lots of danger but, neither of the two hesitate to put risk their lives just to help a friend. Peter and Kit manage to save Mr. Desmond. Villains #1-Sir Phillip Morton The villain in Cue For Treason that is most evil is Sir Phillip Morton. Throughout the entire novel, Sir Phillip is causing trouble for Peter and Kit and also for all of England. At the start of Cue For Treason Sir Phillip starts his tyranny by setting up a massive wall on top of common land, stealing it from the people of North Cumberland. Phillip then tries to arrest Peter for throwing a rock at him, and also tries to marry Kit so he can inherit her large sum of land. Worst of all Sir Phillip is one of the main conspirators involved with the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Phillip is always trying to capture and punish Peter and Kit, making it very hard for the pair of teenagers to corrupt Sir Phillip's plot. #2-Sir David Vicars Sir David Vicars, also referred to as The Yellow Gentleman by Kit and Peter is a true menace in Cue For Treason. Sir David's acts of mischief begin one day when he steals Peter's script, planning to make more copies and use them as a cue for assassinating Queen Elizabeth I. Vicars is Sir Phillip's right hand man, helping develop much of the conspirators scheme and deliver secret messages along with Sir Phillip. Sir David Vicars also developed the idea to send the group of conspirators news through the peel towers in North Cumberland. All these points combined with various jobs that Vicars does to attempt to make the Queen's assassination successful make him a very evil person. #3-John Somers The third, and still very evil character in Cue For Treason is John Somers. John is an actor at the Globe Theater and acts in many of Shakespeare's plays. John is no more guilty than any of the other conspirators in the Queen's assassination plot, except for one thing. John is the man that is hired to kill the Queen! John Somers is supposed to shoot the Queen in a specific cue in the play. The fact that he is mentally prepared, and willing to assassinate his own Queen puts John Somers in the top three list of villains. #1-Tom Boyd Tom Boyd is the ultimate hero in Cue For Treason. Tom is a member of the Queen's secret service and is sent to spy on Sir Phillip's peel tower with Kit and Peter. During the night Tom decides to sneak into the tower and see if he can muster up enough evidence to prove Sir Phillip and his cohort are guilty of treason against the Queen of England. During this tower search Tom is captured by two conspirators that were still in the tower when Tom went in to search. This is a very unfortunate mistake for Tom because when he is captured he is killed. Tom made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep his Queen and his friends safe, this makes Tom Cue For Treason's most heroic character. #2-Mr.Desmond Mr.Desmond is nothing but a hero and gentleman to Peter and Kit through the entire book of Cue For Treason. It starts when Desmond allows Peter to join his acting crew, he later lets Kit join the crew as well. This keeps Peter and Kit off the street and out of Sir Phillip's hands. Mr.Desmond then takes Peter and Kit to London with him and gets them a job at the Globe Theatre. Aside from keeping Peter and Kit out of harms way for almost a year, Mr. Desmond also saves the two children from Sir Phillip when they travel to London to save the Queen by tricking him into thinking that he is a police officer with an army hungry for his arrest. This not only captures Sir Phillip, but also keeps his gang out of Peter and Kit's way. Sir Joseph Will is a key component in stopping the Queen's assassination. In Cue For Treason, many people do not take Peter and Kit seriously because they are only children. Sir Joseph however treats them as though they are the most mature adults. When Kit and Peter come to Joseph explaining their hunch that Sir David Vicars is up to something evil, he takes this as if it were his most trusted friend telling him. He immediately calls all the necessary authorities and informs them of the suspicious activity of Vicars. If it were not for Sir Joseph following through with this action, the conspirators scheme would have never been realized and Queen Elizabeth I would have been lost. Queen Elizabeth I

Birth-April 23rd 1564
Death-April 23rd 1616

William Shakespeare was a play write born in
Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare wrote many works of literature including sonnets and plays. Some of his most famous plays include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Hamlet and Macbeth. Shakespeare was also married to a women named Anne Hathaway and had two daughters and one son, named Susannah, Judith and Hamnet.

Birth-June 1st 1563
Death-May 24 1612

Sir Robert Cecil is another character in Cue For Treason who was born and raised in London, England. He served as the Secretary of State for both Queen Elizabeth I and King James. For much of his life Robert Cecil served as a spymaster to King James much like in Cue For Treason.Cecil married Elizabeth Brooke and had one child named William, the same name of both Elizabeth and Robert's father. In his later life, Cecil worked as the third chancellor for Trinity College, and head chancellor for the University of Cambridge.

Birth- September 7th 1533
Death- March 24th 1603

Queen Elizabeth I was a very famous historical figure who was born in Greenwich, England. Elizabeth was Queen of England and Ireland from November 17th 1558 to March 24 1603. However, Elizabeth never married nor had any children making King James VI of Scotland the next in throne. The aspect of not marrying nor having children earned Elizabeth the nickname The Virgin Queen. Elizabeth was a gifted scholar and could speak many different languages. By the end of her reign Queen Elizabeth I developed a reputation of a wise women who loved and cared for her people.

Birth-January 22nd 1561
Death- April 9th 1626

A fourth character from history portrayed in Cue For Treason is Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon had a very impressive career working as an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author. Bacon was also a member of parliament for thirty seven years in Cornwall and became a member of high parliament in 1584. Sadly, Sir Francis Bacon died after contracting pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat. Themes It is important to help others despite risk to yourself. This theme is shown time and time again through Cue For Treason . Many characters such as Peter, Kit, Desmond, Tom, and Shakespeare take risks that could cost them years in jail, injury or even death only to help others. An example is when Peter and Kit save Desmond from drowning in the racing river, or when Desmond saves Kit and Peter from Sir Phillip despite the risk of being killed by him or sent to jail. A prime example of the theme "it is important to help others despite risk to yourself" is when Tom Boyd goes into the peel tower to help Peter and Kit and loses his own life because of his choice. Also, Peter and Kit make countless selfless acts, that provide risk to themselves as they attempt to stop the conspirators from assassinating the Queen. I believe that "it is important to help others despite risk to yourself" is the most prominent theme in Cue For Treason. Bravery, noble ideals and heroism inspire us and raises our spirits. "Bravery, noble ideals and heroism inspire us and raises our spirits" is a very strong theme in Cue For Treason. During a lot of the action in Cue For Treason, Kit and Peter have their hope and confidence boosted by actions of themselves and others. For instance, at the very beginning of the novel the town groups together to break Sir Phillips wall down, this act boosts the spirits of the entire town! Another example is when Peter's father shoots Sir Phillip's men with a bow and arrow. This brave act gives Kit and Peter enough courage to sneak out of the house and find help. Finally, Peter and Kit constantly raise their own spirits. As they begin to take down the assassination plot they have their hope and confidence heightened as they become closer to officially thwarting Sir Phillip's plot. Good will always triumphs in the end. The theme that the "good guys" always win is a very common theme in many stories, and Cue For Treason is no exception. During a large majority of Cue For Treason it seems as though Sir Phillip's and the conspirators are on top, they are always coming close to capturing Peter and Kit and assassinating the Queen. Also, it seems as though no matter how much good Kit and Peter do they cannot succeed in bring down Sir Phillip's for good. However, in the very end, Peter and Kit rise to the top and they capture Sir Phillip and stop John Somers from assassinating Queen Elizabeth I. "Good will always triumphs in the end" is a very positive theme that prevails in Cue For Treason. London London is my favourite setting of all. When I see London in Cue For Treason, I envision cobbled streets enclosed by shops and alleys. I can hear street vendors hollering about their products as performers do their various tricks, hoping for coins to be tossed to them. I like the feel of the hustle as horse and carriages trot by, carrying their passengers to their destination. Most of all I like the high, positive energy you get as you read about Peter's first visit to London. Ullswater Island Another wonderful landscape depicted in Cue For Treason is the island where Peter is held captive on in Ullswater. The island is scattered with large trees and bushes, still green in summer, and is a quarter mile away from the shore of Ullswater beach. The island is scattered with grassy hills that wave their way to the edges of the water. This setting also has a bubbling spring running from either end of its hard rock core. I like this setting because of the fresh feeling that it emits. Helvellyn Summit The mountain of Helvellyn is yet another beautiful landscape in the English countryside. While Peter is trying to shake off captors, he truly misses the wonderful spectacle lying beneath his feet. The Helvellyn summit consists of jagged stones, reaching out like daggers towards the sky, thin layers of grass and moss wedge themselves between moist crevices of rock, and clouds sweep low enough to touch as the ridges of the mountain climb higher. At the very peak of this mountain snow caps the heads of rock in the low temperatures. This beautiful, dangerous setting is one of my favourites in Cue For Treason. Back in Elizabethan times, going to a play would not be very expensive. As I learned in Cue For Treason, you could attend a play for only on pence! You could also pay for better seating in a balcony for a slightly larger fee. There were many other things that could be had for a small price. For example a stool and pillow could be rented for the showing of the play, and vendors sold roasted meat All of these things could be purchased for only one pence! One extremely interesting thing that I learned in Cue For Treason is that women were not allowed to act in theatre. This is why Kit disguises herself as a boy to act in Desmond's theatre. I think that this is a very silly rule because it excludes women from something that they may be very talented at. Also, as proven in Cue For Treason, women can act female roles much better than men. Putting women in plays would only make the show better! The last thing I learned about Shakespeare and theatre is that the Queen loved Shakespeare's plays. The Queen often attended private showings of Shakespeare's plays and was a strong supporter of theatre. This was very important for Shakespeare because the church saw plays as "the devil's work" but the strong influence of a role model such as the Queen urged people to attend such shows! Cue For Treason follows the story of Kit Kirkstone and Peter Brownrigg as the two teenagers make their best attempt at thwarting a group of evil conspirator's plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. Plot By: Chris Gray
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