Objective: The protagonist of "Northanger Abbey" is introduced as Catherine Morland. The author uses exposition to compare and contrast Catherine as a child and Catherine as a seventeen-year-old young woman. This lesson discusses the novel's protagonist, Catherine Morland.
1) Class discussion: Discuss the description of Catherine given by the author. How is she described physically in her youth and as a young woman? What are her hobbies? Is she a typical heroine?
2) Group discussion: What sorts of things did Catherine enjoy doing in her youth that would support the idea that she was a tomboy? The author suggests that Catherine is in "training for a heroine". What does the author mean by this and what sorts of things does Catherine do to train for such a title?
3) Writing assignment: Write a short essay comparing and contrasting Catherine at the age of ten and Catherine at the age of...
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