Objective: Act 1, Scene 1: Richard opens the play with a soliloquy filled with imagery and alliteration. This lesson will focus on this soliloquy and the literary devices used in the soliloquy, mainly alliteration and imagery.
1. Before class, have the definitions of imagery and alliteration written on the board.
Imagery: The use of words to describe something else, but not in exact terms.
Alliteration: The use of words with the same beginning sound in the same lines or series of lines.
2. Have the students break up into small groups. Ask each group to re-read Richard's soliloquy at the beginning of Act I, scene i. After they have re-read it, each group should underline any instances of imagery in the soliloquy. Each group should define what is being "imaged." One example is: Now is the winter of our discontent/made glorious summer by this sun of York." The imagery is...
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