Objective: As a satirical work of fiction, Evelyn Waugh presents humorous glimpses into the hectic social life of the average Londoner in the early 20th century. The purpose of this lesson is to see how this portrait of highly complicated civilized living acts as a backdrop for the protagonist and primary plot of Scoop.
1) Class Discussion: What seems to be the view of British social life in the early 20th century? Is it calm or hectic? What sort of people seem to be at the center of attention? What sort of activities and accomplishments seem important? What is the role of the aristocracy? Is there a definite class distinction between the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy? If so, how does it manifest itself? What particular scenes in the first chapter are vivid and therefore most strongly give an idea of the pace of life?
2) Groups: Divide the class...
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