Objective: The quote De Botton begins "How Proust Can Change Your Life ; Not a Novel" with sets up the entire theme and issues of the text. In the quote, De Botton suggests that people are most dedicated to unhappiness. This lesson will discuss how and why De Botton reasons and supports this idea and how it is influential to the content in the book itself.
1. Group Discussion: Divide the class into groups and discuss how De Botton reasons people are most dedicated to being unhappy in their lives. Do you agree with his reasoning and statements? How does De Botton's reasoning set up the entire theme or purpose of "How Proust Can Change Your Life ; Not a Novel"? Do you think Proust would agree with De Botton's assumption that people are supremely dedicated to unhappiness?
2. Class Debate: Divide the class into two and have one side argue...
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