Mythical Avengers

Mythical Avengers

Furies Quick Write

Opening

Look at the image of the Furies. It is a representation of the Ancient Greek characters who, in one story, chased after Orestes to punish him for what he had done.

  • In a few sentences, write down the feelings that you have when you look at the image.
  • Do you find yourself sympathizing with the Furies or with the young man, Orestes?

Open Notebook

Furies Response

Work Time

When directed, join the rest of the class in a conversation about the image of the Furies.

  • Share your responses to the image.
  • What, for you, is just punishment?
  • Should a punishment fit the crime? Is that justice?

The First Monseigneur

Work Time

Dickens makes several allusions to the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance and retribution you just discussed. As your teacher directs, read aloud the passages that refer to the Furies in these chapters, then independently answer the following questions.

  • If the Furies seek retribution or potential justice, then what are the crimes and injustices that Dickens is suggesting here?
  • What has Monseigneur the Marquis done wrong?
  • What is your impression of the Marquis’s interactions with the peasants and the little boy? What textual evidence supports your thinking?
  • What sort of character does the Marquis reveal when he meets the widow? What evidence supports your thinking?

Open Notebook

Discuss your responses with the class.

Monseigneur Small Group Work

Work Time

There is another character you might find “infuriating.” Join a small group as directed and designate roles for the work in the group. Read aloud the opening two to four paragraphs of Chapter 7, highlighting sections that characterize the other Monseigneur (the one who lives in town). Then respond to the following questions.

  • Using specific words and phrases from these paragraphs to explain your interpretation, explain what Dickens seems to think of the Monseigneur with the chocolate.
  • How might the Monseigneur with his chocolate and the other nobles who govern France signal injustice?
  • How is the chocolate a symbol here?
  • At the end of the fourth paragraph, there is a Biblical allusion. How does the use of religious language help Dickens establish the character of this noble?

Monseigneur Quick Write

Closing

In a few sentences, write down your interpretation of the following quotation in a Quick Write.

  • “The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance upon Monseigneur.”

Open Notebook

Share your thoughts with the rest of the class.

Book II, Chapter 9