Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Flaubert's Parrot)
Chapter 1, Flaubert's Parrot
The objective of this lesson is for the student to learn how the author's choice of the first-person narrative in "Flaubert's Parrot" is integral to the story.
1) Ask students to write, using first person, a short paragraph describing their activities on the previous day. Then ask them to rewrite the paragraph using third person. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of writing in each voice.
2) Brainstorm together a list of everything the reader learns about Geoffrey Braithwaite in the first chapter of the book. Exclude from the list the details of what he does on his trip to Rouen. Comment on the brevity of the list (including the fact that we do not even learn his name until later). What advantages the author might have seen in writing this chapter in first person?
3.) In the next to the last paragraph of the chapter...
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