The Projectionist's Nightmare

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CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Explanation, Analysis, Interpretation|

The Projectionist's NightmareThis is the projectionist’s nightmare: A bird finds it’s way into the cinema,
finds the beam, flies down it,
smashes into a scene depicting a garden,
a sunset, and two people being nice to each other.
Real blood, real intestines, slither down
the likeness of a tree.
‘This is no good,’ screams the audience,
‘This is not what we came to see.’ Brian Pattenhttp://www.brianpatten.co.uk/media-page.html| |

VOCABULARY

Escapism
to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant or mundane realities, esp. by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

Playing video games is essentially an __________________ pursuit. Overindulgence in _____________ can lead to an inability to deal with reality.

Objectification
depersonalisation - representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality.

Pornography __________ women by portraying them as objects of lust. Feminists are up in arms over the __________ of women by the mass media.

Dissociation
detachment from physical and emotional experience.

Ever since her parents passed away, the orphan has been suffering from feelings of _____________ and emotional detachment. Feeling _____________ from one's emotions can lead to depression.

Anomaly
deviation from the normal order; an irregularity.

Britney is not her usual self. She is displaying ____________ behaviour. There is a bug in this programme. What is the ____________ causing this?

LITERARY DEVICES

Alliteration (sound device)
the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. E.g. ___________________________. Stanza ______, Line ___________.

Onomatopoeia (sound device)
The use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. E.g. ____________________________. Stanza ______, Line ___________.

Repetition
the simple repeating of a word, within a sentence or a poetical line, with no particular placement of the words, in order to provide ________________. Stanza ______, Line ___________.

Note: do not mention repetition unless you are able to write about why the writier is using this device. Disclaimer: the material you are about to witness has nothing directly to do with the poem you are analysing. Do not mix up this additional info with your reading of the poem please!

Real Vs Reel

Why do we watch to watch real life portrayed as reel life on television when we can watch real life in real life?

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

Celebrities' private miseries are fodder for public entertainment. By turning them into gods, we have robbed them of their humanity.

Super Nature

We find dolphins cute. That is why we hunt them and imprison them in places like MBS. This leads to the inhumane decimation of their species. Cute!

Maid to Measure

Good help is hard to find. In the workplace, we are defined by our function, not by our individuality. We work hard for the money!

M.C.Q.

1. What is the "nightmare" referring to?

A. The bird flying around the cinema, distracting the audience. B. The projectionist fears the audience's reaction to the interruption of the screening. C. The gruesome death of the bird in the cinema, which upsets him. D. The projectionist fears the audience might hold him responsible for the intrusion and death of the bird.

2. What is "no good" to the audience?

A. The unfortunate destruction of the bird, which represents the randomness of mortality. B. The gory "real" mess of innards on the screen, which represents the ugly side of nature. C. The projectionist's inability to prevent the bird from entering the cinema in the first place, which represents the vanity of human effort. D. The interruption to their entertainment experience, which represents the intrusion of...
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