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Viewpoints and Perspectives?
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a) With a partner, discuss and note down the words and phrases that tell us what Bryson thinks of Las Vegas and how it makes him feel.
b) When you have finished compare your notes with another pair. What techniques does Bryson use to communicate his viewpoint to the reader?
Words and Phrases you could have identified
When you have been to one or two casinos and seen how the money just pours into them, like gravel off a dump truck, it is hard to believe that there could be enough spare cash in the world to feed still more of them, yet more are being built all the time. the greed of mankind is practically insatiable, mine included
a) Which student comments do you agree with? Can you find evidence to support them?
How does he describe Las Vegas?
When you have been to one or two casinos and seen how the money just pours into them, like gravel off a dump truck, it is hard to believe that there could be enough spare cash in the world to feed still more of them, yet more are being built all the time. the greed of mankind is practically insatiable, mine included.
I hate Las Vegas. It is a terrible, tacky place and the casinos are only interested in encouraging visitors to lose all their money
We are in no doubt about what the writer thinks
The intensifier 'just' adds emphasis
The word 'pours' implies a torrent of money - almost like a natural phenomenon. we can envisage the money pouring like a river or stream.
By ending with 'mine included' we see that he feels that he is likely to be tricked into losing money too. He is no better than the rest of us.
This simile is very striking but it is ugly. we don't see a torrent of gold, we see 'gravel'. The word 'dump' implies something of no worth. It uses Bathos to undercut the beautiful image of money pouring
Spare cash' again sounds worthless and insulting
'Feed is personification and makes the casinos seem like monsters.
The 'greed of mankind' sounds Biblical. Bryson is judging us all, not just Las Vegas
Read the conversation between two students
He obviously hates Las Vegas
I'm not sure. I think he finds the casino fascinating
Yes, but kind of evil.
...but it's because we're all greedy. otherwise they wouldn't make
any money...we think we're going to win.
He makes them sound ugly, though, as well as fascinating
Maybe he's sort of divided. On the one hand he thinks they're evil but on the other hand he's attracted to them
Read the extract on your sheet from a description of the hanging of the murderer Francois Benjamin Courvoisier, written in 1840 by W.M. Thackeray.
How does Thackeray convey his attitude to capital punishment? Write a paragraph in which you explain his view, supporting your ideas with evidence from the text?
a) Read the extract for task 4 from 'The girl of the period' by Eliza Lynn Linton, written in 1883.
b) Answer the questions on your sheet
Read the extract from the letter by Jenni Herd and answer the following questions.
In Paper 2, the term 'perspectives' refers to the way that writers might view a topic differently depending on when they are writing. A 19th-century writer, for instance, might have a very different view of the way a young woman should behave, compared to a modern writer.
Viewpoints and Perspectives
Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
Select and synthesize evidence from different texts
Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
Compare writer's ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two or more texts
By the end of the lesson you will have:
identified explicit and implicit information
written a paragraph explaining writer's use of language to communicate their viewpoint
compared writer's ideas and perspectives.
What do you think of...
b) Write a paragraph explaining how Bryson's use of language commicates his view of Las Vegas
So, in this paper you should expect to see a topic viewed from two perspectives: a modern one and an historic one.