Objective: Act 1, Scene 1 The first two characters onstage, Joshua and Hugo, discuss the strange sleeping habits of Hugo's twin, Frederic. Today's lesson examines the significance of Frederic's sleeping habits.
1) Class Discussion: What is unusual about Frederic's sleeping habits? Beneath whose window does he sleep? What is a rhododendron? What do Frederic's sleeping habits reveal about his character?
2) Small Group Discussion: How might Frederic's fiancee feel about Frederic sleeping beneath her window in the rhododendrons? Does this behavior bode well for their relationship?
3) Short Essay: Write a short essay describing how Frederic's sleeping habits bring humor to the play, even though the audience never sees Frederic in the rhododendrons. (Hint: consider the gardener.)
4) Homework: Write an essay exploring how the characters of Joshua and Hugo are revealed through their discussion of Frederic's sleeping habits.
Objective: Act 1, Scene 1 Frederic's first appearance in the play involves his inquiry into...
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