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CLIP 7711

Sunset Song: Structure and Theme

Sunset Song: Structure and Theme
Key Info
  • Sunset Song: Structure and Theme
  • Duration: 02:57
  • How to answer exam questions on structure and its relationship with theme are discussed. The cyclical nature of the novel and the farming cycle are discussed, as is the use of dialect and long sentences. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Fiction Post 1900: United Kingdom

  • Keywords: SunsetSong, A Scot's Quair, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, novel, character, Scotland, English, structure, theme, change
Ideas for use in class
  • Discuss what structure means, both within sentences and the text as a whole. Once ideas have been agreed upon (sentence mostly relating to punctuation and novel itself relates to chapters/turning point/climax), discuss how the novel is structured through sentence structure and the novel's structure. Identify a circular/cyclical structure based around farming seasons and the sentences are long with lots of conjunctions suggesting ongoing change.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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