Objective: Styron uses first person narrative perspective and flashbacks to tell his story. The objective of this lesson is to examine these style techniques and determine how well they worked for Styron.
1) Whole Group Discussion: Styron uses first person narrative, meaning it was told from his viewpoint, and narrative means he told it as a story. He does not use a chronological sequence, however, employing flashbacks to tell his story. Discuss his technique, giving examples from the book. Discuss whether his is the most effective way to tell this story, or if another way would have been better.
2) Small Group Activity: Divide class into groups of 4-5. Have them find examples from the first chapter of the book that illustrates the first person narrative perspective and flashbacks. Have students explain why narrative perspective is so effective in a work such as this, based on the nature of...
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