Objective: Given that the whole basis of the play revolves around religion, students need to have a basis understanding of the religious views from this period. The objective of this lesson is to introduce students the Norwegian religious beliefs of the late-1800s for better understanding of the play.
1) Small group discussion- In small groups of 3-4, students should research religion in Norway during the late-1800s. Pose the following questions to the small groups for discussion: What did the majority of Norwegians believe in regard to religion? What limitations did Norwegians place on religious beliefs? What creeds do you believe Norwegians held regarding religion?
2) Whole class discussion- As a class discuss the different controversies behind Norwegian religion. Discuss the following questions: Norse religion followed the belief of multiple gods and heroes while Christianity (Protestant) focused on one God alone. What problems do you believe these very...
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