Objective: Act One, Scene One lesson explores the first theme of the play, which is the balance between honesty and compassion. Students gain a deeper understanding for this theme and how it is represented in the play.
1) 1. Class Discussion: What is the theme of this play as presented in Act One, Scene One? How does the reader know the theme? How is this theme represented? How does each character in the scene play a role in developing the theme? Are there characters who challenge this theme? If so who and how?
2. Writing Activity: Write a short essay discussing Philinte and Alceste's feelings for this particular theme.
3. Group Activity: Divide the class into groups. Groups discuss the theme of balance between honesty and compassion. Groups define this balance based on events and conversations in this scene.
4. Homework: Write a short essay exploring the importance of developing a theme...
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