Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Book 1, Part 1, Chapters 1-5)
A narrative point of view typically provides a one-point perspective of all the other characters in the story. Sacred Hunger is told entirely from a third party's point-of-view, and has a particularly significant effect in the Prologue, as it describes private moments of characters' lives in a neutral, observant way. The objective of this lesson is to understand how the presence of a narrator can skew readers' opinions of other characters.
1) Writing Assignment: Ask students to write a summary of the story from a specific character's point-of-view. Does that change the novel at all?
2) Small Group Activity: Divide the class into groups of two or three students. Allow them to read their summaries to each other, and have them discuss how (or if) the exercise changed their opinions of any of the other characters. How could they use what they have learned to relate to...
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