Objective: Throughout the beginning of the novel, Harry Angstrom wanders around Mt, Judge, the town where he has always lived, and recalls snippets from his youth. This uniting of present and past is a frequent device of Updike's novel. The objective of this lesson is to examine this merging of past and present.
1. For class discussion: Review this first section of the novel,and find instances when Rabbit recalls incidents from his youth. Write these on the board and list what present moment reminds him of this past event. What does this merging say about Mt. Judge and the way Rabbit views it?
2. Divide the class into groups and have each think of a film that makes use of flashback. Each group should present a description of the film and its flashback and explain the significance of it. How does it further the plot or the development...
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