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E211 ELIZABETH I QUESTIONS
Assigned: Queen Elizabeth I. From "A Speech to a Joint Delegation of Lords and Commons, Nov. 5, 1566" (692-94); "A Letter to Sir Amyas Paulet, August 1586" (697); "A Letter to King James VI of Scotland, February 14, 1587" (697-98); "Verse Exchange between Elizabeth and Sir Walter Ralegh" (698-99); "Speech to the Troops at Tilbury" (699-700); "Golden Speech" (1700-03).
Queen Elizabeth's "Golden Speech" and Other Prose
1. Discuss the sense of Elizabeth's diplomatic and rhetorical skills that emerges from your reading of any of the prose selections. How does Elizabeth represent herself (i.e. her motives and character) and her regard for her subjects?
2. To what extent, in any of the prose or poetry selections, does a sense of Elizabeth as an individual come through -- that is, what sense do you get of a flesh-and-blood human being aside from the pageantry and public rhetoric surrounding such a grand figure as "Her Majesty Elizabeth I"? Discuss with reference to specific passages.
Greenblatt, Stephen et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2006. Package 1 (Vols. ABC) ISBN 0-393-92833-0.