Throughout the novel, July’s anger and frustrations, along with his sense of humiliation, increase with each day and each conversation with the Smalls. He is clearly extremely resentful toward the Smalls, and yet continues to work for them. This lesson will focus on July’s anger to better understand where it stems from, and why he is so resentful.
Class discussion: What is the cause of July’s anger and humiliation? Why does he seem to resent the Smalls so much, when he has worked for them for so long? What do Maureen and Bam do to entice this level of anger? Do they do this on purpose, or is it a byproduct of their status?
Activity: Divide the class into two groups. Have one group represent July, and have them explain to the other group why July is so angry and resentful. Be...
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