Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The narrator tells his life story as he approaches his ninetieth birthday. This lesson looks at the qualities the narrator embodies as a character.
1. Class discussion: What kind of person is the narrator? By only viewing him through the lens of his own story, can the reader make any kind of assessment about his personal qualities? Is he an effective protagonists, diligently carry out the author's intent?
2. Journal writing: Is the narrator an anti-hero? Answer fully in paragraphs.
3. Small groups: Create a chart comparing the narrator to the protagonists in other character driven novels, like "Catcher in the Rye," or favorite character driven movies. What qualities do the characters have in common? Are they noble characters or pathetic characters? Discuss charts and responses as a class.
4. Homework: What do you think is the narrator's best quality and why? Will it redeem him and his...
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