A Right to Their Dreams
As a class, listen to the opening number and the final 3 numbers of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. What statements about regret and immortality are the assassins of the story making? How does Sondheim endeavor to explain Lee Harvey Oswald's motive in shooting the president? How does it differ from DeLillo's?
Perhaps the most famous fictional dramatization of the murder of President Kennedy is Oliver Stone's acclaimed film JFK. Watch the film in class and discuss which figures from Libra also appear in JFK. How are they different in each representation?
Taking the Reins
When a president is killed, the normally innocuous role of vice president suddenly becomes vital to the running of state. Divide the class up and have each research a vice president who took over the presidency after an assassination: Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. How...
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