Objective: Must We Burn Sade? The word "libertine" is used throughout the text. Students need to understand the type of life style that libertines lived. The objective of this lesson is to examine the libertine lifestyle to insure a better understanding of the actions of the text. (Note: the material in this text is very sexual in nature. At some times, the material could be seen as pornographic and perverse. Any research must be conduced under strict observation.)
1) Class Discussion: Provide screened copies of material that relates to the origin of libertine. Have students read the handouts and then discuss the handout. From where did the term libertine originate? Who was responsible for the "movement"? What conflict did libertines face? What did it mean to live a libertine lifestyle? With what crimes could a libertine be charged? What were the terms of the punishment? (Imprisonment? For how...
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