Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The Master and Margarita is a political satire of the Soviet Union written in 1937 (although it was not published until the late 1960’s). Research the political climate of the USSR at this time to better understand the novel’s context.
Class Discussion – Why did Bulgakov choose to write a satire of the Soviet Union? What elements of the country is he satirizing? What was happening politically in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s? How did the Soviet Union change from the time of the writing of the novel to the date of its eventual publication? How did the overall political climate of the USSR in the 1930’s influence Bulgakov?
Activity – Divide the class into small groups of three or four and have each group research the Soviet Union of the 1930’s. Write a one-page essay summarizing the major events in the country’s history during...
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