Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
In Chapters 1 and 2, the reader is introduced to the main characters and the style of the story being told. The author reveals that the book will read more like a magazine than a regular novel, where the action happens in short bursts of visceral description, similar to watching a film or television. A major device of the novel, the phantom photographer bringing Shannon's feelings to light, is also introduced.
1) Class Activity: Choose sections of Chapter 1 to read aloud. Focus on the structure of the text. How does the author introduce the characters and the setting?
2) Group Discussion: Based on Chapter 1 alone, what are your impressions of each character? What do you think their relationships are? Whose point of view is describing the first scene?
3) Class Discussion: The opening of the novel is extremely cinematic, which many of Palahniuk's novels tend to be. What elements of...
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