Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Right at the beginning of the novel, we are introduced to Birle who is pursuing a thief in the middle of the night. She exemplifies great independence for a young woman her age and in the time period that this novel is set in. This lesson will discus Birle's independent nature and how it coincides with the time period.
1. Split the class into small groups of 3 or 4 and briefly discuss the examples from Chapter 1 that portray Birle's independence.
2. Now as a whole class, discuss what time period you think this novel is set in. What mood does the first chapter give and from this mood as well as the narration, can you deduce what a woman's role in society was? How does what a woman's role in society during this setting correlate with Birle's independence? Does she fit the typical young woman of the...
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