Lesson 1 (from Commissions, Part I)
Commissions, Part I
In this opening chapter, the reader is introduced to the protagonist of the novel, Isaac, a mad scientist and university professor. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore Isaac's character, and to discuss how his personality interferes with his professional life.
1.) Class Activity: As a class, create a list of adjectives used to describe Isaac in the opening chapter of the novel. Based on this description, do you think he is meant to be a sympathetic protagonist? Why or why not?
2.) Class Activity: As a class, compare / contrast Isaac's personal life with his professional life. What is the same about these lives? What is different? Is there anything unexpected / surprising in this comparison?
3.) Class Debate: Do you think Isaac is satisfied with his life, both personal and professional? How can you tell? Divide the class into two groups for...
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