Objective: Characterization is used by authors in literature to fully describe the personality and qualities of a specific character. In Scene 1, Kopit focuses on characterizing Madame Rosepettle and Jonathan to immediately give the reader a sense of their relationship. The objective of Lesson #1 is to explore the characterization Kopit uses in the play to present characters to the reader.
1) Classroom discussion: What do you think are the important parts of an author's characterization of a figure in his or her work? Does Kopit include these important parts in his description of Madame Rosepettle and Jonathan? How does he help the reader get to know these characters?
2) Written assignment: Choose one character, either Madame Rosepettle or Jonathan, in Scene 1 and summarize the way s/he is characterized. Do you feel like you really know this character after reading the scene? Why or why not?
3) Small group activity: Divide...
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