Objective: The preface is presented as if it were non-fiction and factual; however it is part of an overall work of fiction. The objective of this lesson is discuss the preface as a whole and how it functions within the novel.
1) Have each student write a preface for their own novel in the same style as Breakfast of Champions. What real world facts would you include in the preface that relate to the rest of the novel? Think about how The Narrator includes facts about what happens in the novel, but describes them as external facts. What real world facts about your life would you include?
2) For class discussion: Are the facts in the preface meant to be highly significant to the rest of the novel? Why, or why not? After some discussion, ask the class if they think this preface is meant to function like other...
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