Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Chapters 1 and 2.
Among the other books and the movie made about Gladys Aylward, this book is unique in that it was co-authored by Gladys herself. This lesson will consider the genre of autobiography and discuss its advantages and disadvantages in the example of Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman.
1) Class discussion: The movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness was made about Gladys, but took many liberties with her story. In her book, Gladys recalled her life as she remembered, without embellishment. What are the advantages of a true story being told as an autobiography? Are there any disadvantages? Did Gladys add her own commentary or just relate the facts?
2) Group discussion: Autobiographies are usually written in first-person (using the first-person pronouns "I" or "we"), as opposed to third-person. First-person allows the reader to connect with the narrator, but it also provides a more narrow perspective...
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