Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
Devil in a Blue Dress is a hardboiled mystery novel by American author Walter Mosley. Published in 1990, it was Mosley’s first novel and the first of a series that features protagonist Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins. The novel explores themes of alienation, war, the American Dream, racism and prejudice, identity, and corruption. In this lesson, students will research author Walter Mosley and will define, identify, and analyze the narrative point of view and the setting of the novel.
Class Activity: As a class, define “narrative point of view” and identify the narrative perspective of the novel. From whose point of view is the story related? Is the story told in the past, present, or future tense? What effect does this narrative style have on the reader?
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Walter Mosley, the publication of Devil in a Blue Dress, and the setting of...
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