Beautiful (Feminine Gospels)

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  • 'Beautiful'
    • References the most beautiful women in history
    • Beauty connects all four women
    • Same woman incarnated?
    • Helen of Troy
      • Stanza 1
        • Line 4
          • Asyndetic list of ways to say 'beautiful'
            • Stanza 8
              • Line 1
                • Imbalance of power
                • Maid and mistress relationship
                  • Sisterhood/ closest friend
                  • Other kind of love?
                  • Doesn't objectify her
      • Stanza 2
        • Line 4
          • 'Be mine'  - objectification
          • Not in love with her, in love with her physical appearance
        • Line 6
          • She married Menelaus, every man swore an oath of allegiance
        • Line 9
          • Contrast horrible smelling breath at end of poem
            • Bad influence of media pressures
        • Line 10
          • Body famous, mind isn't
      • Stanza 3
        • Line 1
          • Narrative/ life story
          • Taken by Paris, prince of Troy
        • Line 4
          • reduces myth to a soap opera by domesticating and normalising it
      • Stanza 4
        • Line 4
          • Every man was devoted to her
            • Married to everyone ( like the Long Queen)
            • All sailors wanted to follow her
        • Line 5
          • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
          • Myth, they've never seen her ( Long Queen)
        • Line 9
          • Women are enchantresses
        • Line 12
          • Princess link to Diana
        • Line 13
          • Duffy uses modern/ contemporary terms to suggest that nothing has changed
            • Link - 'The Long Queen' and the juxtaposition of modern clothes
      • Stanza 5
        • Line 1
          • Private an public persona fused togther
      • Stanza 6
        • Line 1
          • Mythical perspectives
        • Line 8
          • Phallic imagery
      • Stanza 7
        • Line 1
          • She's a myth
          • Narrative creates a rumour
        • Line 2
          • To get free movement, women had to disguise themselves as men
        • Line 4
          • 'moon' = female fertility imagery
      • Stanza 9
        • Line 2
          • Bird like imagery
          • Suggests entrapment
          • Fragility of birds
    • Cleopatra
      • Stanza 1
        • Line 6
          • First meeting with Caesar
        • Line 8
          • Colloquial
          • Referring to people in modern terms
            • Literally 'crazy for her'
            • Idiomatic
      • Stanza 2
        • Line 3
          • List *
          • Richest woman in the ancient world
            • Almost ladette type
              • Tough/ powerful figure
      • Stanza 4
        • Line 1
          • Oxymoronic
          • Tough/ powerful figure
          • Almost ladette type
          • Line 2
            • Playing/ gambling with their lives
          • Line 5
            • Power over men
          • Line 12
            • Ladette
            • Changed personality to fit different people
            • List *
        • Stanza 5
          • Line 7
            • Taboo/ shocking language
            • Reduced to act like men to gain respect and freedom (link 'dressed as a boy)
            • Less attractive if more masculine
      • Marilyn Monroe
        • Stanza 1
          • Line 4
            • Too tired to work
              • Forced  = unhappy
            • Manufactured by men, for men
          • Line 8
            • End - stopped
              • Abrupt end to life
              • Story line of life on camera
            • Short sentences
        • Stanza 2
          • Line 1
            • Repetition, emphasis on pushing her further towards complete change
            • Start to see behind the scenes
              • Products that go into making her
            • Materialism
          • Line 2
            • Greater reward for greater change?
            • Women are diminished by possessions
          • Line 3
            • Bankers are of a high status
              • Its not just people of a lower status who are changing her
          • Line 7
            • Subtle/ classy introduction of alcohol to her life
            • Constant mention of 'rich' materials
        • Stanza 3
          • Line 1
            • 'Dumb blonde' = stereotype dumb blonde.
            • End - stopped
              • Sacrifice/ consequence of beauty
            • Link ' tough blonde'
              • Myth vs reality
          • Line 3
            • Hide behind make up
          • Line 4
            • List of three
            • Re-introducing check list of things needed for a successful film career
          • Line 9
            • Myth - killed by President, seductive singing gave too much about affair
      • Princess Diana
        • Goddess of hunting
          • Ironic as she was hunted
        • Important to be a virgin
          • Used by establishment
        • Stanza 1
          • Line 1
            • What good is beauty now?
            • Entrapment
          • Line 4
            • 'Dumb blonde' stereotype - link to 'tough beauty'
            • Direct address
        • Stanza 2
          • Line 1
            • People were mesmerised by her normality and beauty
          • Line 3
            • Enchantress
              • Put her on a pedistool
              • Invested hope in her
          • Line 4
            • Appearance vs reality
          • Line 7
        • Stanza 3
          • Line 2
            • Thought to be anorexic
            • Puppeteering reference
        • Stanza 4
          • Lines 1/2
            • Everything stage managed
            • Used the media to tell the world her opinion of Charles
            • Convinced they were out to get her
        • Stanza 5
          • used to make money
          • Final line
            • People responded to her abuse
            • Unhappy/ arranged marriage
            • media/ attention killed her
    • Stanza 4
      • Line 1
        • Longer lines
        • More of a narrative
      • Line 2
        • Tired, got worse at acting
        • Constantly on screen / over worked
          • Daily routine
          • Broring life
          • Abused by industry
        • Constant repetition
      • 'Beautiful'
        • References the most beautiful women in history
        • Beauty connects all four women
        • Same woman incarnated?
        • Helen of Troy
          • Stanza 1
            • Line 4
              • Asyndetic list of ways to say 'beautiful'
                • Stanza 8
                  • Line 1
                    • Imbalance of power
                    • Maid and mistress relationship
                      • Sisterhood/ closest friend
                      • Other kind of love?
                      • Doesn't objectify her
          • Stanza 2
            • Line 4
              • 'Be mine'  - objectification
              • Not in love with her, in love with her physical appearance
            • Line 6
              • She married Menelaus, every man swore an oath of allegiance
            • Line 9
              • Contrast horrible smelling breath at end of poem
                • Bad influence of media pressures
            • Line 10
              • Body famous, mind isn't
          • Stanza 3
            • Line 1
              • Narrative/ life story
              • Taken by Paris, prince of Troy
            • Line 4
              • reduces myth to a soap opera by domesticating and normalising it
          • Stanza 4
            • Line 4
              • Every man was devoted to her
                • Married to everyone ( like the Long Queen)
                • All sailors wanted to follow her
            • Line 5
              • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
              • Myth, they've never seen her ( Long Queen)
            • Line 9
              • Women are enchantresses
            • Line 12
              • Princess link to Diana
            • Line 13
              • Duffy uses modern/ contemporary terms to suggest that nothing has changed
                • Link - 'The Long Queen' and the juxtaposition of modern clothes
          • Stanza 5
            • Line 1
              • Private an public persona fused togther
          • Stanza 6
            • Line 1
              • Mythical perspectives
            • Line 8
              • Phallic imagery
          • Stanza 7
            • Line 1
              • She's a myth
              • Narrative creates a rumour
            • Line 2
              • To get free movement, women had to disguise themselves as men
            • Line 4
              • 'moon' = female fertility imagery
          • Stanza 9
            • Line 2
              • Bird like imagery
              • Suggests entrapment
              • Fragility of birds
        • Cleopatra
          • Stanza 1
            • Line 6
              • First meeting with Caesar
            • Line 8
              • Colloquial
              • Referring to people in modern terms
                • Literally 'crazy for her'
                • Idiomatic
          • Stanza 2
            • Line 3
              • List *
              • Richest woman in the ancient world
            • Stanza 4
              • Line 1
                • Oxymoronic
              • Line 2
                • Playing/ gambling with their lives
              • Line 5
                • Power over men
              • Line 12
                • Ladette
                • Changed personality to fit different people
                • List *
            • Stanza 5
              • Line 7
                • Taboo/ shocking language
                • Reduced to act like men to gain respect and freedom (link 'dressed as a boy)
                • Less attractive if more masculine
          • Marilyn Monroe
            • Stanza 1
              • Line 4
                • Too tired to work
                  • Forced  = unhappy
                • Manufactured by men, for men
              • Line 8
                • End - stopped
                  • Abrupt end to life
                  • Story line of life on camera
                • Short sentences
            • Stanza 2
              • Line 1
                • Repetition, emphasis on pushing her further towards complete change
                • Start to see behind the scenes
                  • Products that go into making her
                • Materialism
              • Line 2
                • Greater reward for greater change?
                • Women are diminished by possessions
              • Line 3
                • Bankers are of a high status
                  • Its not just people of a lower status who are changing her
              • Line 7
                • Subtle/ classy introduction of alcohol to her life
                • Constant mention of 'rich' materials
            • Stanza 3
              • Line 1
                • 'Dumb blonde' = stereotype dumb blonde.
                • End - stopped
                  • Sacrifice/ consequence of beauty
                • Link ' tough blonde'
                  • Myth vs reality
              • Line 3
                • Hide behind make up
              • Line 4
                • List of three
                • Re-introducing check list of things needed for a successful film career
              • Line 9
                • Myth - killed by President, seductive singing gave too much about affair
          • Princess Diana
            • Goddess of hunting
              • Ironic as she was hunted
            • Important to be a virgin
              • Used by establishment
            • Stanza 1
              • Line 1
                • What good is beauty now?
                • Entrapment
              • Line 4
                • 'Dumb blonde' stereotype - link to 'tough beauty'
                • Direct address
            • Stanza 2
              • Line 1
                • People were mesmerised by her normality and beauty
              • Line 3
                • Enchantress
                  • Put her on a pedistool
                  • Invested hope in her
              • Line 4
                • Appearance vs reality
              • Line 7
            • Stanza 3
              • Line 2
                • Thought to be anorexic
                • Puppeteering reference
            • Stanza 4
              • Lines 1/2
                • Everything stage managed
                • Used the media to tell the world her opinion of Charles
                • Convinced they were out to get her
            • Stanza 5
              • used to make money
              • Final line
                • People responded to her abuse
                • Unhappy/ arranged marriage
                • media/ attention killed her
        • Line 3
          • Abrupt end
          • Couldn't stop being the person that society made her
          • legend/ legacy
        • Line 8
          • Only natural reference
          • Only appreciated for herself after her death
          • Take control of death

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