Everything you need to understand or teach The Counterlife by Philip Roth.
The novel The Counterlife tells multiple versions of the same story. Sometimes the stories seem to be slight modifications of others, and other times the stories are complete and drastic revisions.
Part 1 tells the story of Henry Zuckerman, who risks his life undergoing heart surgery so he can stop taking medication that has deprived him of his sexual potency. Not yet forty, the dentist Henry cannot face life without the ability to have sex with either his wife or his mistress and assistant. Though the doctor tries to convince him not to have the risky operation, Henry is determined. Shortly before his operation, Henry confides in his older brother, Nathan, his predicament and his desire to restore his virility, and it is Nathan who tries to understand what drives his brother to such drastic measures.
In Part 2, Henry does not die from the surgery, but his emotional recovery...
The Counterlife Lesson Plans contain 112 pages of teaching material, including: