Objective: The return of Piers Gaveston to England upon the accession of Edward II is the catalyst that places the King and the nobles into conflict. It is the central driving choice that will create the rising action of the play. The objective of this lesson is to examine this catalyzing event.
1. Divide the class into two groups and have each review the Scene 1 interchange between Edward and the nobles. One group should determine why the nobles are so incensed by Edward's decision to recall Gaveston. The other should determine the various courses of action the nobles threaten and resolve in this scene. What are the possible results of this conflict?
2. For class discussion: Discuss modern examples of political figures who have face widespread public ridicule because of some personal scandal (Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi). What was the cause of the outrage? Was it the act itself...
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