Everything you need to understand or teach The Italian (novel) by Ann Radcliffe.
"The Italian" by Ann Radcliffe is a classic gothic novel, renowned throughout history. The protagonist, Vivaldi, falls in love and plans to marry Ellena, a young woman with a secret family history, against his family's wishes. His mother and Schedoni conspire to separate them by kidnapping and imprisoning Vivaldi. Eventually, Ellena's family history is revealed, allowing her to be acknowledged as a suitable match for Vivaldi. "The Italian" is a tale of secrecy and intrigue that incorporates seemingly supernatural events to explain a very complicated plot.
The story opens with an Italian priest offering to allow an English traveler to read a strange narrative in which the story of Vivaldi and Ellena is relayed. Vivaldi meets and falls in love with Ellena, but their nuptials are delayed by the death of Signora Bianchi, Ellena's aunt. Additionally, Vivaldi's parents disapprove of the match, and Marchesa di Vivaldi and Scheoni...
The Italian, or, the Confessional of the Black Penitents Lesson Plans contain 142 pages of teaching material, including: