Who is this woman with the red Phrygian bonnet who has come to be the symbol of France? Supermodels and actresses have posed for sculptures in her likeness. What is it about this woman that makes her a cultural icon? This exercise introduces the student to the figure of Marianne and reflects on her historical significance. Part one is a simple question and answer exercise on Marianne using the Symboles de la Republique site. This part provides the historical background. Part two consists of a deeper investigation of the characteristics of cultural icons like Marianne and challenges the student to think more deeply about the topic. Part two questions can be answered in a discussion forum for greater interactivity.
30 minutes per part. Part two, if used with a discussion forum, may encourage more time on task.
French culture, history and civilization
Second year French and above
Second year college French. Intermediate reading proficiency.
To develop awareness of French cultural icons, particularly Marianne. To learn the historical significance of the French national symbol, Marianne. To practice reading and writing skills in French, using authentic materials.
Text of Learning Exercise:
This assignment, based on the Symboles de la République web site, will give you cultural and historical insights on the famous French symbol, Marianne. Actress Catherine Deneuve, singer Mireille Matthieu and even Brigitte Bardot have been portrayed as Marianne in sculpture. However,
who is this woman and why does she represent the French republic? This exercise will increase your factual knowledge as well as challenge you to think more deeply of the role of Marianne. It will also help you practice your French.
This part of the assignment will give you some historical background. Follow the directions below.
1.On the Symboles page, click on the Marianne graphic.