Lesson 1 (from Chapter One)
In this chapter, Stephanie Plum introduces herself and her environment, a neighborhood in Trenton, New Jersey called "The Burg". Stephanie describes herself as a typical Jersey girl who speaks her mind, doesn't take any guff from anyone, and is devoted to her Italian-Hungarian family. The Burg setting helps shape Stephanie's character and the plot, and also helps establish the story's themes of family and community. This lesson will discuss Setting.
1. Class Discussion: In a novel, setting can be utilized to do more than provide a geographical location for the plot line. Setting can also help depict character, convey theme, and contribute to the plot. Stephanie Plum lives in The Burg in Trenton, New Jersey. What images come to mind when the class thinks of New Jersey? Is it rural or urban? Is it middle class, working class, upper class or a mixture? What...
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