Lesson 1 (from Prologue)
Bill, the narrator and protagonist of the novel, relates his early life history.
The aim of this lesson is to examine Bill's life history.
1) Class discussion. Do the students think Bill's life reflects Burroughs' own life? Why does Burroughs relate so much of Bill's early life? How is the information important to the story? What extra dimension does it give to Bills later life? For example, does it explain his like for criminal behavior?
2) Ask the students to compare Burroughs early life to the life he has outlined for Bill. Are there any similarities? Does Burroughs stretch any truths?
3) Ask the students to imagine a scene from Bill's early life and develop it into a 500-word short story.
4) Homework. Write your own life history.
Lesson 2 (from Prologue)
Hating army routine, Burroughs arranged to be discharged for mental health issues, citing the fact that he had cut...
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