Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapters 1-5 | Part 1, Chapters 6-10)
Part 1, Chapters 1-5 | Part 1, Chapters 6-10
From the very beginning, Milan Kundera introduces the subject of light and weight in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. These two opposites define the types of relationships the characters find themselves in, and they are the motivational factors that lead them to their ruin or happiness.
Parmenides, who saw the world divided into pairs of opposites, said that lightness is positive, weight negative. The objective of this lesson is to discover how both lightness and weight could serve as positives and negatives.
1. Ask each student to write a personal experience where "weight" and "lightness" go hand in hand and to share this experience with the class. For example, the responsibility of a job is considered heavy but its rewards results in lightness.
2. Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 and require each group to look at and debate how...
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