Objective: Saul Bellow used many of his own experiences within the characters and plots of his novels. In Herzog, Bellow's characteristics are mirrored in the main character, Moses Herzog, as well as the settings of the story. The objective of this lesson is to provide students with historical background on the 1960s and author background to help understand the various aspects of the story.
1) In class activity: Herzog takes place during the 1960s. As an entire class, discuss and create a list of key ideas, events, beliefs, etc. that embody and characterize the 1960s in America. The instructor should write class responses on a chalkboard or overhead.
2) Small group activity: Break the class into small groups of 3 to 4 students. Give each group a biography sheet (1 page) on Saul Bellow. Be sure to include his Canadian-Russian-Jewish heritage, his move to Chicago, his mother's deep religious beliefs, his military...
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