Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
The setting for "Corelli's Mandolin" is the Greek island of Cephallonia in the early 1940s. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of a small village on a Greek island in the early 1940s and its impact on its residents.
What does the author reveal about Cephallonia in this book? What image does the reader have of this Greek island? What does the author insert into the book that could have only happened in this area of Greece? What are some specific points, cultural events, landmarks, etc. that mark the location as Greek?
Lead the class in a discussion about local color. Begin with a definition and ask the class to validate their understanding by offering examples from the book. How is regionalism exhibited in language, interpersonal dynamics, and clothing? What other elements can the students define as being...
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