Objective: Dreams. The novel begins with a description of a nightmare. The dream sequence takes place in the ancestral house on the Martin estate, and in the dream, Thérèse's mother, Antoinette, is buried in the cellar under a heap of sand. This lesson will look at dreams.
1. Homework. In many cultures dreams are considered valid and important messages dealing with life. Have each student research one culture in relationship to dreams and how the culture views dreams, e.g. Australian aboriginal, American Indians, African shamans, etc. Have the students write a short paper on their findings. Include in the paper why the student believes the dream in the opening chapter of DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE is important.
2. Class discussion. What are dreams? Are they important? Do they have meaning? Has any student had a dream that came true? Why was the dream Christiana had important...
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