Objective: Setting the Stage. The first part of "Death In Venice" is full of deathly figures, images, and foreshadowing. Since the outcome of the book can be implied from the title and these first few pages, there is a deeper message than a surprise element of death. In this lesson, discuss the possible alternate purposes of the book other than its narrative quality.
1) Teacher Introduction: Introduce the book to the class and then ask students to read the first half of Part One. Stress that foreshadowing is a crucial part of this section. We can assume that Aschenbach will be the one to die in "Death In Venice." These elements are valuable to examine since the reader is more aware of Aschenbach's fate than he is.
2) Groups: Split the class into several small groups. Have each group discuss for a few minutes the most relevant images of...
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