Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
In early 1814, British forces led by Wellington have completed the invasion and conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and have pushed into southern France. This novel is set immediately after this event. The book is intended to be a historically accurate portrayal of the Napoleonic War era invasion of southern France.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of Sharpe's Siege and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in World War I or II?
2. Class discussion: Could Sharpe's Siege been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Europe in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the...
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