Lesson 1 (from Chapter One)
The novel begins with Cincinnatus C.'s imprisonment and the prison itself is an important element of the novel. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the setting of the prison.
1) As a class, read the beginning of Chapter 1, where Cincinnatus is brought to the prison and into his cell. Ask the class what impression they have of the prison. How big is it? What is its function? How does it make Cincinnatus feel? Why might the author use a prison with these characteristics in the story?
2) Break the students up into groups. Ask each group to find three references to the prison's appearance. Have the groups analyze each reference. What does the reference tell about the prison's function and what it looks like? How does the prison's appearance and location relate to Cincinnatus' experience of life and his situation? Have the groups share...
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