Lesson 1 (from Part I: Chapters 1-15)
In Chapter 6, Rigel proclaims that Phaedrus has shielded himself and ideas from criticism by refusing to ever truly define the term, "Quality." This novel deals heavily with the concept and, indeed, questioning the significance of Quality in the people surrounding him forms the basis of Phaedrus's ideas on Quality. Phaedrus himself can only define it as the source of everything in man's concept of the universe. It appears to be what guides society's behavior, from triumphs to war. In short, Quality seems to be a nearly indefinable concept that conversely encapsulates the very foundations of society, which this lesson will discuss.
1) Class Discussion: What are the circumstances in which the first mention of Quality is brought up? Why is it significant in regards to the conflict between Rigel and Phaedrus? Why does it seem to be so important that Phaedrus proves whether or not Lila...
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