Objective: "The City", Part one, Chapters One, Two, Three, and Four. The plot of the novel is established through a series of flashbacks. The initial chapters rely heavily on Smilla's own recollection of both events and people to establish the story line. This lesson examines the use of flashbacks as a literary technique.
1) Class Discussion- Identify examples where the flashback technique is used in the first four chapters of the book. How does the change from past to future story telling affect the reader's perception of events? Does telling the story without flashbacks change your perception of specific characters? Which ones, how, and why?
2) Small Groups- Smilla's flashbacks often include memories from her childhood growing up in Greenland. Discuss the impact her childhood experiences have on her decisions in the first four chapters of the novel. What changes in literary technique alter the affect her childhood memories...
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