Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
In this first chapter, the reader is introduced to two of the main characters in the story, Amelia Peabody and Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The object of the lesson is to examine the relationship between these two characters.
1) Class discussion: why does the author spend the first chapter introducing these two characters? How do Amelia and Evelyn meet? How do the two women treat each other?
2) Group discussion: in two groups, list the personality and behavioral traits of Amelia and Evelyn. Then, discuss what things they have in common. What is Amelia's strongest characteristic? What is Evelyn's? What traits are mirrored in these two characters? What are some of their opposing traits?
3) Individual: often a writer will match two dissimilar characters in order to both emphasize their differences and to begin a slow change in one or both of the characters. Does this happen between these...
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