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isolationism

- political principle or practice
- e.g. cold war
- resrticts and limits societies

2

Mob mentality

2011 London Riots

3

Punishment and justice

Justice: process or result of using laws to fairly judge

Today, gov and jusiciary control laws. In Harvest, Master Kent alone can control the law

fuedal system means clear hierarchy

4

witch hunts

moral panic and mass hysteria e.g. Red Scare

- In Salem, male leaders took control, they stripped women and searched for signs of withcraft

- fear of the unknown

-Trump uses the term in self defence (rise of Islamophobia)

5

Threat of terrorism

2013
9/11
fear of IRA

6

Narrator

- gradually detaches himself from the collective

- turbulence within the we causes much of the books tension

- increasingly involved in own narrative. less passive.

-pathological obsession with the pronoun 'we'

-his contradictory nature alienates the reader

-plot device of burned hand

7

nature

- the villagers are pastoral, penned in by Master Kent

-Crace was inspired by the landscape at watford gap

- saw an aerial view of an enclosure at the tate

8

Crace

- suggests his novels aren't directly political

- wary of the digital revolution in publishing (used to be a journalist)

-interested in storytelling not facts, so didn't set his story in a particular time

9

stereotypes of women

femme fatale
whore
maternal/dutiful wife
vulnerability

10

Biblical references

- Genesis 4: cain and Abel - comment on jealousy (shawl, dovecoat, Gleaning queen)

-number 7 is symbolic of completion
--> creation of new society
--> new cycle begins

11

Allegory

can be interpreted to have a hidden meaning

information ages
commercially driven world
organised religion
consequences of inaction

12

Structural point

flashback to burning of dovecoat
progression of walt's character
end: idyllic society becomes apocalyptic
starts and ends with fire
setting
pace of change ( 7 days )

13

Political context

Thatcher - revolutionary new leader in 1980s
- changed the economy, focusing in on the technological branch at the expense of miners

modern politics. tension between collective (labour) and individual (conservatives)

14

Modern response

#metoo
brexit
trump

15

Death of the author

reader controls the meaning of the text, not the author

but the author can fix the fight e.g. appeal to the readers values

16

language tecniques

personal pronouns
foreshadowing
contrasts and oppositions (e.g. leaders)
natural imagery

17

Pillory

punishment

18

doves

freedom

19

Gleaning feast

class struggle

20

high hat

power and status

21

drawing materials

knowledge and art

22

Quill

creativity

23

shawl

secrecy

24

green sash

jealousy and individualism

25

sheep

meek, collectivism, vulnerability

26

earl king

death

27

walts hand

selfishness

28

shaven head

injustice

29

crops

cycles

30

oxen

exploitation of workers