Objective: To begin our class on Pale Fire, we will focus on the last paragraph of the Commentary to Line 172. In this paragraph, John Shade speaks about his students' papers, their desire to force themselves to find symbols, and how they interpret literary works. This quote can be discussed out-of-context without giving away the plot. This is a good way to get students thinking and reading critically as they begin their study of Pale Fire and to push them to take a more in-depth approach to their study of this work. We will apply these principles to our study of the entire novel, but for this lesson we will focus on the foreword.
1) Class Discussion: Ask a student to read the last paragraph on p.156. Then discuss what they think John Shade means when he says, " There are certain trifles I do not forgive...Not having read...
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