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It’s GoT to Be Shakespeare!

Unit 9

5 • Fiction and Realities
WB p. 64

It’s GoT to Be Shakespeare!
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➜ How much of Game of Thrones was inspired by the plots and characters of Shakespeare?

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Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Serious Game

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“If Game of Thrones Characters Were Shakespearean...”, Kimberly Joki, Grammarly Blog, 2016.

Get ready!

List all the words that come to your mind when you think of Game of Thrones or Shakespeare. Compare them to those in the vocabulary lists.

Look at the picture.
a. Who are these characters? What do their names correspond to?

b. Choose one name and go online to find out more about the character, the storyline, the relationships…

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Watch the video.
a. Be ready to present it. What themes can you identify in the TV series?

b. Identify three similarities between Game of Thrones and what you see in this video.

Discuss these brainstorming questions with your classmates:
How much do you know about Shakespeare? Have you watched Game of Thrones? Did you enjoy the series? Why (not)?

Read the idiom of the week. Rephrase it in your own words and give examples.
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  • alike / similar to (adj.)
  • modelled on (adj.)
  • an opposing counterpart (exp.)
  • character (n.)
  • draw upon / be inspired by (v.)
  • take after / resemble (v.)

Let’s learn!

Chain speaking

Use at least two words from each box of the mind map on the opposite page to sum up what you know about GoT or Shakespeare.

Idiom of the week!

At daggers drawn


A dagger is a short knife used as a stabbing weapon. This expression is usually said of two people or groups of people ready or about to fight one another verbally and / or physically. The figurative meaning of the phrase dates back to the 1800s and has become part of everyday vocabulary.

The Battle of Winterfell, Game of Thrones

A Game of Words

box 1
  • lawful ≠ illegitimate (adj.)
  • powerful / mighty (adj.)
  • crowned (adj.)
  • heir /ˈɛə/ to the throne (exp.)
  • monarch /ˈmɒnək/ (n.)
  • lords (n.)
  • reign / rule (supreme) (v.)
  • wield / exercise power (v.)

box 2
  • benevolent (adj.)
  • undaunted /ʌnˈdɔːntɪd/ / bold / brave (adj.)
  • feisty / determined (adj.)
  • fiendish /ˈfiːndɪʃ/ (adj.)
  • merciful ≠ merciless / ruthless (adj.)
  • righteous /ˈraɪtʃəs/ (adj.)

box 3
  • vengeful (adj.) → revenge (n.)
  • bear a grudge against s.o. (exp.)
  • seek revenge / avenge oneself (exp.)
  • wage war on (exp.)
  • foes / sworn enemies (n.)
  • rivals → rivalry (n.)
  • rival s.o. /ˈraɪvəl/ (v.)

box 4
  • evil / wicked / malevolent (adj.)
  • treacherous / duplicitous (adj.)
  • overthrow a king / a queen (exp.)
  • betrayal / (high) treason (n.)
  • conspiracy / plot (n.)
  • traitor (n.)
  • betray / deceive /dɪˈsiːv/ (v.)

box 5
  • gory / bloody (adj.)
  • murderous (adj.)
  • warlike / belligerent (adj.)
  • bloodshed (n.)
  • assassinate (v.)
  • slaughter /ˈslɔːtə/ (v.)
  • slay / murder (v.)

box 6
  • historical drama (exp.)
  • plot line (exp.)
  • revenge play (exp.)
  • love (n.)
  • tragedy (n.)
  • adapt to / into (v.)
  • dramatise (v.)

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

Improvise a conversation between a Shakespeare enthusiast and a GoT fan.

❯❯ Step 2

Present your favourite female character from either Shakespeare or GoT.

❯❯ Step 3

Write a film or TV series review.

❯❯ Your final project

Create your own Game-of-Thrones-inspired story based on characters and plays by Shakespeare.
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