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A Game of Queens

Activity 3
WB p. 67

A Game of Queens

Group 1

Photo from Macbeth Movie

Group 2

Richard III (Act I, scene 2)

Queen Anne is addressing Richard, Earl of Gloucester, after he murdered her husband King Edward and the latter’s father, King Henry.


Cursed be the hand that made these fatal holes!
Cursed be the heart that had heart to do it!
Cursed be the blood that let this blood from hence! [...]
Foul devil, for God’s sake, hence, and trouble us not;
For thou1 hast made the happy earth thy2 hell,
Fill’d it with cursing cries and deep exclaims. [...]
Blush, blush, thou lump of foul deformity; [...]
O God, which this blood madest, revenge his death! [...]
Either heaven with lightning strike the murderer dead,
Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick.

Richard III (Act I, scene 2), William Shakespeare, around 1593.

1. you
2. your

Group 3

Daenerys Targaryen’s speech

 I was born at Dragonstone.
 Not that I can remember it.
 We fled before Robert’s assassins could find us.
 Robert was your father’s best friend, no? I wonder if your father knew his best friend sent assassins to murder a baby girl in her crib.
 Not that it matters now, of course.
 I spent my life in foreign lands.
 So many men have tried to kill me, I don’t remember all their names.
 I have been sold like a broodmare.
 I’ve been chained and betrayed, raped and defiled.
 Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith.
 Not in any gods, not in myths and legends.
 In myself.
 In Daenerys Targaryen.
 The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born.
 The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea, any sea.
 They did for me!
 I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.

Daenerys Targaryen’s speech, Game of Thrones, Season 7, episode 3.

You are in charge of one female character.

a. Introduce your selected queen with as many details as possible.

b. How powerful is she? What kind of power or authority does she have?

a. Rephrase her arguments in your own words. What does she say and to what ends?

b. What makes her convincing and / or persuasive?

Useful vocabulary: She uses devices such as… Her speech is very elaborate, it shows how she… This line is particularly powerful, due to…
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Let's talk this out!

Share your findings and learn about the other queens.

a. To what extent do they make good queens?

b. Who do you consider to be the most powerful queen? Why?

Given the opportunity and the choice, who would you rather be? Justify your choice.
Lady Macbeth

Useful vocabulary: She seems more… I like the way she… I believe I’d be more comfortable as… I find her more + adj. …
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  • adamant (adj.)
  • bountiful (adj.)
  • cold-blooded (adj.)
  • determined (adj.)
  • fair (adj.)
  • hard-boiled (adj.)
  • manipulative (adj.)
  • merciful (adj.)
  • persuasive (adj.)
  • resentful (adj.)
  • ruthless (adj.)
  • stand one’s ground (exp.)
  • argue (v.)
  • humiliate (v.)
  • lash out at (v.)
  • vilify (v.)

Grammar in Progress


Ce type de phrase ou de groupe de mots invite à monter la voix et l’intonation pour exprimer une émotion forte (colère, joie, indignation, chagrin, etc…).

Ex : They did for me!

Let’s learn!

Audition time

Choose one of the queens’ speeches and deliver it in front of the class using the correct intonation and tone of voice to convey the right emotions. The class elects the best performance.

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2

My favourite female character

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

Contribute your entry to a video channel poll of top female characters from Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s plays. Include pictures and excerpts from her best monologues. Viewers will vote for their favourite.

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