Objective: Walcott begins his play by using the cultural tradition of storytelling to integrate his story. He includes singing, dancing, and visual narrative in a way that is not necessarily realistic, but communicates ideas in a different way than a more conservative production might. The objective of Lesson #1 is to explore the impact of the storytelling approach on the Prologue.
1) Small group discussion: Break students up into groups of three or four. Ask them to identify aspects of storytelling in the Prologue, such as the presence of the dancing Figure, that Walcott includes in the play. For each example they identify, have students list reasons they think Walcott may have included it in the story.
2) Written activity: Why do you think Walcott would use the cultural tradition of storytelling for this particular play? How does the technique help the reader understand the significance of certain events in...
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