Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 & 2 (pages 1-16))
Native Speaker opens with the protagonist, Henry, reflecting upon his relationship with his wife, Lelia. The two have shared a strange and difficult marriage since the death of their son, Mitt. Before Lelia left for her trip to Europe, she handed Henry a list that described his personality. One of the things listed was "spy," which is exactly what Henry does for a living. For the longest time he thought that he was actually keeping his real occupation a secret. However, after a few years it became clear that he wasn't really working for the companies he claimed. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the protagonist, Henry, as he appears at the start of Native Speaker.
1) Class Discussion: What is a protagonist? What makes Henry a protagonist? Why is a protagonist important to the story? What are they responsible for? What is the...
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