Objective: Bret Easton Ellis writes Less Than Zero as a first person narrative from the perspective of the main character, Clay. The reader sees the world of privileged children in Los Angeles through Clay's eyes. The objective of this lesson is to learn about first-person narrative.
1) Lecture, Tasks, and Homework
Lecture: Give a short lecture on first-person narrative. Provide students with a formal definition of first-person narrative, second- person narrative, and third-person narrative. Describe how each of these differ from the other.
Discussion: Have students discuss Part I of the book in regards to Clay's thoughts on his return to Los Angeles. Does this part of the novel, being written in first-person narrative, affect the way the reader understands or empathizes with the main character? With the other characters introduced in the novel? What if it had been told in second-person? Third-person? What may have changed?
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