Objective: In Act 1, Scene 1, the mother argues with her son after he uses a knife to cut some grapes. She states that weapons can "split the body of a man apart", which seems to be a very bold statement in context to such a mild action. This lesson will discuss the role of weapons in the play.
1) 1. Class Discussion: How are weapons introduced in the first act? What does the mother's seeming overreaction to her son's using a weapon tell the reader? Is there a possibility that weapons have hurt the mother or someone close to her in the past? Do the weapons in this scene seem to take on a life themselves? How does the son react to his mother's reprimands from his use of a weapon? What does his reaction say about his feelings towards weapons?
2. Class Debate: Have the class split into two groups...
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