Lesson 1 (from Part One: Chapter One)
David, the main character of the novel, is a homosexual who spends much of his life fighting his sexuality. The first chapter of the novel is spent discussing the various ways David attempted to ignore his true sexual desires in an effort to be masculine. The purpose of this lesson is to examine the idea of masculinity as it appears in the novel.
1. Class discussion: Why does David struggle with his masculinity? What masculine role models did he have in his life, growing up? Why does he join the army? What does the army represent, as he is struggling to find his masculinity?
2. Group activity: On the board, create a list of moments in the first chapter where David either experiences or witnesses an action that fights against masculinity. Follow up discussion: To David, what does it mean to be masculine? What outside forces fight...
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