Research: Major Characters

Week 4

What did I do?

Researched for main characters:

I also researched the Queen Marie-Antoinette. Born an Austrian Duchess, Marie-Antoinette was well educated – specifically in religious and moral philosophy – although tutors of France found her stubborn and inattentive from the beginning. She was not favoured by the people of her country due to her incessant spending in a time of national poverty and her apparent carelessness of her people. She was crowned Queen, consort the the King Louis XVI, at the age of nineteen after her arrival and marriage at age fourteen. She was young and fairly ignorant of the role that she held as queen. Due the prince’s (prince at that time) medical issues, she was unable to produce an heir for her kingdom until seven years into their marriage which heightened the ridicule towards her, especially from the nobility. She was the mother of four children – her son was tormented by the people during her captivity in the years after her husband’s death, during the revolution. By the time of her trial, she was recounted as unrecognisable. It appears that she matured greatly in the suffering unfamiliar to her during the revolution. I want to touch on this in my story.

I researched the background of Charlotte Corday, murderer of Jean-Paul Marat, and her motivation for his death as well as her political views and what influenced them. Corday was only twenty five when she killed Marat. Her mother died when she was fourteen years old and she was sent to a convent – there she learned of the enlightenment – only to be relocated to her Aunt’s home in Caen where she met the Girondists fleeing from the executions enforced by the Jacobin Republic Party during the Reign of Terror. As Marat was a significant inspiration for the killings – for those who were chosen to be trialled and guillotined – she was convinced that his death would turn her nation towards a less gruesome form of revolution. This was not the case however, and even after her death – which involved her baptismal certificate pinned to her dress for identification of her headless body – more death ensued. During my research I found that she wrote An Address to the French People, Friends of Law and Peace prior to Marat’s assassination, explaining her actions. I want to mention this in my story; as her story progresses I want to insert her views, opinions and values and their establishment.

Read:

‘Hidden Camera’ Major sample

I appreciated the way that the author blended in two separate but relevant storylines into the single story, how the story itself was personified between chapters and addressed the reader directly and how there was use of multiple perspectives through different text mediums. The author introduced the different stories as having significantly different plots (a form of Big Brother and a landlord spying on his female tenants) however, the message conveyed is important for each story. It is more evident in one than in the other, however, through determining the meaning of one story (the landlord story) the other (the Big Brother story) the relation is clear, as the the second takes the theme to a new more enlightening meaning. Through this, the author brought their main idea (reality television) into a new light, as a message to the reader about their own practices.

Image: Anon. Charlotte Corday http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3238

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