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Pathetic Fallacy - A Christmas Carol

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Matthew Allingham

on 25 February 2013

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Transcript of Pathetic Fallacy - A Christmas Carol

Pathetic Fallacy Peer Assessment Watch this scene from the opening of Great Expectations. Watch the following clip and then answer this question:

What is the impact of weather in the two scenes? Pathetic Fallacy

Pathetic Fallacy is where the writer makes a connection between human emotion and the appearance of the landscape or the behaviour of the weather, as if the environment shares human emotions or is somehow aware of people. E.g. Lovers meet in sunshine; a teenager is thrown out of home in a rain storm. Analysing Pathetic Fallacy Learning Objective:

Can I identify examples of pathetic fallacy?

Can I use pathetic fallacy in my own work to create an interesting atmosphere? What is the impact of weather in the two scenes?

Remember the last lesson:
Consider the craft of the writer.
Consider what their intentions are. How do they want you to feel?
Do you think they have achieved their goals? Has your partner answered the question thoroughly?
Have they compared both of the scenes and explained the effect of the weather in both of them?

Provide your partner with a what went well and an even better if. Before you answer the question, with the person next to you, discuss how you think the film maker wanted you to feel during these clips. Group Task

First, give yourselves a number between 1 and 3.

Next, look at the three images and discuss how you might feel if you were in the scene.

Consider what effect the weather would have on your emotions. Answer the following question:

How do you think the film maker has used the weather to impact on your emotions?
What are these emotions? Development

If you had to describe your day so far, what genre would it be? (e.g. horror, comedy, romance, etc.)
What type of weather would your day be? Look at the following extract from A Christmas Carol Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so, that people ran about with flaring links, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages, and conduct them on their way. The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slyly down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there. The cold became intense. In the main street at the corner of the court, some labourers were repairing the gas-pipes, and had lighted a great fire in a brazier, round which a party of ragged men and boys were gathered: warming their hands and winking their eyes before the blaze in rapture. The water-plug being left in solitude, its overflowing sullenly congealed, and turned to misanthropic ice. The brightness of the shops where holly sprigs and berries crackled in the lamp heat of the windows, made pale faces ruddy as they passed. Poulterers' and grocers' trades became a splendid joke; a glorious pageant, with which it was next to impossible to believe that such dull principles as bargain and sale had anything to do. The Lord Mayor, in the stronghold of the mighty Mansion House, gave orders to his fifty cooks and butlers to keep Christmas as a Lord Mayor's household should; and even the little tailor, whom he had fined five shillings on the previous Monday for being drunk and bloodthirsty in the streets, stirred up to-morrow's pudding in his garret, while his lean wife and the baby sallied out to buy the beef. Answer the following question:

Why do you think Charles Dickens has used pathetic fallacy in this scene? Task
Describe your day so far, using the weather to reflect your mood.

Before you start, look at your feedback from the Twist in the Tail creative writing piece.
Write it at the top of you new piece, and focus on achieving that target. Peer Assessment:

Has your partner used the weather effectively?

Have they met the target at the top of their book?
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