Objective: Prologue: What is a prologue? In The House of Blue Leaves, the Prologue grounds the audience in several ways but also foreshadows themes and conflict to come. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the nature of prologues and their functions within plays.
1) Divide the class into small groups to brainstorm characteristics of a prologue. What makes a prologue a prologue? What elements of The House of Blue Leaves' Prologue make it a prologue?
2) Divide the class into two groups. One group will argue that the Prologue was necessary to The House of Blue Leaves, while the other group will argue it was unnecessary. Tell the students to use the information they brainstormed in their smaller groups to back up their response.
3) Propose this question to the class: Is a prologue in a novel the same and does it function the same way as a...
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