In-Class Questions & Activities
1. Circle the key words in prompt.
2. What stylistic and linguistic devices are you asked to use to help you prove your point?
3. Read the soliloquy silently to yourself, bearing in mind the prompt. Annotate the text as you read for those stylistic and linguistic features in prompt.
4. Planning your Essay:
A. How would you describe King Henry’s state of mind? (use vivid adjectives)
B. Organization of the Soliloquy
1. How many divisions (sections) do you see in the soliloquy?
2. Place brackets around them.
1. Where can you find patterns or groups of similar diction? Highlight patterns directly on text.
2. What repeated figure of speech help animate King Henry’s state of mind?
1. Highlight in margins the various images (mental pictures that appeal to any one of the five sense) that appear throughout the soliloquy.
2. Make note of the similarities/differences between images.
3. What do these various images suggest about King Henry’s state of mind?
1. What types of sentences are used?
2. What do each suggest in relation to character?
Write a thesis statement that directly addresses the prompt. Your thesis statement should provide an arguable point that would defend were you to write a complete essay. DO NOT mention the stylistic devices in your thesis. Additionally, thesis must be a complex sentence.
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