Objective: Act 1, Prologue The fiddler never has a speaking part, but he represents the circumstances of the villagers. The objective of this lesson is to understand the symbolism represented by the fiddler as it relates to the people of Anatevka.
1. Class Discussion: Who is the fiddler? How do we meet him? Does he ever say anything? Who is Tevye? How does the fiddler interact with Tevye, the main character? What does Tevye say about the fiddler?
2. Written Assignment: Write a page describing how the "shakiness" of a fiddler on the roof symbolizes the uncertainty the residents of Anatevka face in their daily lives.
3. Small Group Activity: In small groups, discuss the following: Do you agree or disagree with Tevye's assessment that without tradition, the lives of the villagers would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof? Explain.
4. For Homework: Review the Prologue of Act 1.
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