Литературная гостиная, посвященная творчеству Оскара Уайльда для обучающихся 10 класса
“OSCAR WILDE IS A MASTER OF PARADOXES’’
Objectives: to improve students’ skills in speaking and listening; to develop pupils’ communicative, social and cultural competence.
Equipment: presentation “Oscar Wilde is a master of paradoxes”, books of
O. Wilde in English and in Russian translation, a portrait of O.Wilde, CD.
T: Good evening, dear friends! The meeting in our club is dedicated to the greatest play writer in world literature Oscar Wilde. I hope all of you will take an active part in it. And now let us tell some facts from Oscar Wilde’s biography.
P1: Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854, the son of a brilliant surgeon and a poetess. He was educated at Trinity College (Dublin) and then at Magdalen College (Oxford), where he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry.
P2: He became the leader of an aesthetic movement and was famous for the brilliance of his wit and conversation qualities made permanent in such plays as “Lady Windermere’s fan” and “ The Importance of Being Earnest”.
P3: It was Oscar Wilde who put forward “art for art’s sake” theory. He is the author of some exceedingly poetical tales, such as “The Nightingale and the Rose”,
“The Happy Prince”, “The Devoted Friend”, “The Selfish Giant”.
P4: He is also the author of the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” . Oscar Wilde didn’t raise any social problems in his works. His characters are all people of the upper walks of life. The upper class characters are engaged in clever and refiwed conservation, even if it is about a scheme how to rob their government.
P5: “AN Ideal Husband” was written in 1895. It is a comedy revealing the corruption of a statesman who uses his official .
position to enrich himself. And loved
P6: The interesting plot of Oscar Wilde’s plays and his humour help the plays to stay on the stages of the theatres for more than 90 years. Oscar Wilde is a master of paradoxes.
T: Oscar Wilde wrote poems about nature, about London.
These poems are wonderful. The style is almost perfect. They are very popular and loved by people all over the world. They were translated into different languages. Listen to some of them, please.
(Pupils recite the poems followed by music and presentation)
Symphony in yellow
An omnibus across the bridge
Crawls like a yellow butterfly,
And, here and there, a patter-by
Shows like a little restless midge.
Big barges full of the yellow hay
Are moved against the shadowy wharf,
And like a yellow silk scarf,
The thick fog hangs along the quay.
The yellow leaves begin to fade
And flutter from the temple elms,
And at my feet the pale green Thames
Lies like a rod of rippled jade.
Impression du matin
The Thames nocturne of blue and gold
Changed to a harmony in grey
A barge with ochre-coloured hay
Dropt from the wharf: and chill and cold.
The yellow fog came creeping down,
The bridges, till the houses’ walls
Seemed changed to shadows,
And St. Paul’s
Loomed like a bubble o’er the town.
T: Oscar Wilde was famous for his epigrams (shot, witty sayings).
Let’s remember them:
A moment may ruin a life. Lady Windermere’s Fan
Don’t use big words. They mean so little. An Ideal Husband
Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
A Woman of No Importance
Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes. . Lady Windermere’s Fan
Little things are so very difficult to do. An Ideal Husband
Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern. An Ideal Husband
One’s past is what one is. An Ideal Husband
Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do. An Ideal Husband
There is nothing like youth. Youth is the Lord of life. A Woman of No Importance
Youth is the time for success. An Ideal Husband
T: And now let’s talk about his favorite book “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.
Have you read it? Did you like this book?
P1. To my mind, Dorian was very selfish. He thought only about himself all his life.
P2: I agree with you. He wanted to be young all the life.
P3: His portrait showed his real inner world.
P4: Yes, you are right. He gave his soul away so that he could.
Role-playing: O. Wilde “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Jack: Darling! You don’t know how happy you’ve made me!
Gwendolyn: My own Ernest!
Jack: But you don’t really mean to say that you couldn’t love me if my name was not Ernest?
Gwendolyn: But you name is Ernest!
Jack: Yes? I know it is. But supposing it was something else? Do you mean to say you couldn’t love me then?
Gwendolyn: (glibly) Ah! That is clearly a metaphysical speculations , and like most metaphysical speculations has very little reference at all to the actual facts of real life, as we know them.
Jack: Personally, darling, to speak quite candidly, I don’t much care about the name of Ernest… I don’t think the name suits me at all.
Gwendolyn: It suits you perfectly! It is a divine name! It has a music of its own. It produces vibrations!
Jack: Well, really, Gvendolyn, I must say that I think there are lots of other much nicer names. I think, Jack, for instance, a charming name!
Gwendolyn: Jack?... No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed! It doesn’t thrill.
It produces absolutely no vibrations… Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity of John!! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. The only really safe name is Ernest!
Jack: Gwendolyn, I must get christened at once – I mean we must get married at once. There is no time to be lost.
Gwendolyn: Married, Mr. Worthing?
Jack: (astonished) Well… surely. You know that I love you, and you led me to believe, Miss Fairfax, that you were not absolutely indifferent to me!
Gwendolyn: I adore you! But you haven’t proposed to me yet. Nothing has been said at all about marriage. The subject has not even been touched on.
Jack: Well… may I propose to you now?
Gwendolyn: I think it would be an admirable opportunity. And to spare you any possible disappointment, Mr. Worthing, I think it is only fair to tell you quite frankly beforehand that I am fully determined to accept you.
Gwendolyn: Yes, Mr. Worthing, what have you got to say me?
Jack: You know what have you got to say to you.
Gwendolyn: Yes, but you don’t say it.
Jack: Gwendolyn, will you marry me? (Goes on his knees)
Gwendolyn: Of course I will, darling! How long you have been about it! I am afraid you have had very little experience in how to propose!
Jack: My own one! I have never loved anyone in the world but you!
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