Salome- Context

So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled yet he liked to listen to him.Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. When the daughter of[Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”“The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

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Salome- Content

Character(s)/ relationship: who are the characters?

  • Salome

  • Simon

  • Andrew

  • John

  • Peter

Setting: Does the setting play a role?

  • Inside

  • Bedroom

  • Historical

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Salome- Structural Devices

  • Irregular stanzas

  • Sonnet- love poem (showing how she loved him and still will even though he is dead)

  • The punctuation — semicolons and ellipses — slows down the pace of the poem

  • The question ‘whose?’ isrhetorical and clearly Salome doesn’t want or expect an answer. She just follows it with another question. Her tone continues, flippant and indifferent

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