Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The narrator is obsessed by death at an early age. He is attracted to those holding positions associated with violence and is interested in masculine pursuits such as war. This purpose of this lesson is to explore the narrator's interest in death and the role it plays in his life.
1. Class discussion: The narrator begins thinking about his mortality at a young age. What type of illness is the narrator diagnosed with at an early age? What are its symptoms? Does it threaten his life? How does this constant battle with death further his personal interest in the topic?
2. Group activity: Divide the class into four groups. Have each group answer the following questions: Why is the narrator interested in war? What is his first memory regarding soldiers? As he reads his fantasy novels, what aspects of the novel fascinate him? What emotional connection to...
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