Lesson 1 (from Micromegas by Voltaire)
Micromegas by Voltaire
The imagery associated with size in this story is exaggerated. The main character and subordinate character are both described as extremely large and their size is a prominent theme in the story. The objective of this lesson is to examine the notion of size in relation to importance of statue.
1) Class Discussion: As a class, discuss the importance of Micromegas' size in the story. Why do you think that size is important? What clues are you given to denote that size is relevant? What examples can you find that proves that size is important to Micromegas?
2) Small Group Discussion: Divide the class into groups of 2-3. Have each group discuss the contrasts that the narrator makes between small and large characters and objects. Why do you believe that the size scale in the story is so exaggerated? Share findings with the class...
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