Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Part One: The Tiger Leaps: Chapters 1 - 3)
Setting. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction. "Dreams of Joy" takes place in China mostly in the area around Shanghai in the 1950's and 1960's.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Dreams of Joy" and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the 1980's?
2. Class discussion. Could "Dreams of Joy" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in China in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the...
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