Lesson 1 (from Chapter One)
The novel opens with Rachel Samstat, the narrator, detailing the conflicts she and her husband face as they traverse the stormy waters of their marriage. To help her deal with these conflicts, Rachel depends on her sense of humor. This lesson will discuss the use of humor as a literary element.
1) Class Discussion: Rachel introduces the reader to the challenges she is facing after learning about her husband's affair, and the chapter begins with her recounting a joke she has told about the situation. Discuss with the class what the joke is that Rachel tells and how she uses it to make the conflict more interesting to the reader. Does she use it to mask her pain? How so?
2) Small Group Activity: Form small groups and work together identifying examples of humor used in Chapter One. What purpose does it serve? How does...
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