Lesson 1 (from Prologue | Chapter 1)
Genre. The author also reminds readers that this story is an allegory, not a historical narrative. The genre of a book is important to many people. Some only read mysteries, some only fantasy, others mainstream novels.
The objective of this lesson is to look at genre.
1. Homework. Have the students research the genre of allegory, writing a short paper on it. They may answer questions such as: Who were early authors such as Tolkien and C. S. Lewis? How did they influence fiction during their era? How has the allegory genre built upon early editions of it? Give some examples of parallels between modern allegory and early allegory. What are some of the differences? How does this novel, differ from other allegory novels?
2. Class discussion Have the students identify why this book is allegory and provide another example of a novel which would fall into...
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