The Duchess – Literary Elements

Set in the late 18th century, the story follows the life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Well known for her beauty and fashion sense, she is also known for her extravagance and gambling habits.

1) What is the point of view of the movie?

2) What is the plot of the movie?

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3) Describe the following characters using the Fox Character Analysis Pyramid which includes name/title, physical appearance, personality, character’s role, character’s problems/challenges, major accomplishments, cultural context, and world view.

2Keira Knightley as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire 3Ralph Fiennes as William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire 4Hayley Atwell as Lady Elizabeth 'Bess' Foster 5Dominic Cooper as Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

4) What is the theme of the movie?

5) What is the setting of the movie?  How important is the setting?

6) What is the genre of the movie?

7) Does the movie have any cultural lessons?

8) What are the literary conflicts of the movie?

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