Objective: This lesson will explore the use of analogy as a literary device. The catastrophe of the train going off the tracks foreshadows other ways that the family slides off the main tracks and into disaster. Ruth describes the fragile foothold that the town of Fingerbone has between the lake and the mountainous wilderness all around. She mentions the yearly floods, frequent fires, and murder and mayhem from madness brought on by isolation. This lesson will look at analogy in literature.
1. Homework. Students will research the meaning and use of analogy in literature and write a short paper on their research findings.
2. Class discussion. What is an analogy? How is it used in literature? How might it be used in everyday conversation? How does it make writing more interesting? Can an analogy be interpreted in more than one way?
2. Group work. Groups will discuss the analogy between...
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