Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Abstract
* Gallimard appears in a cell and begins to narrate the story that brought him to his imprisonment and "celebrity" status.
Act 1, Scenes 6, 7, 8 and 9 Abstract
* Gallimard begins to reenact the story of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, illustrated by characters from his life.
Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11 Abstract
* Gallimard has a flashback of a moment he...
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