Lesson 1 (from Both Now and Forever)
Both Now and Forever
In "Both Now and Forever," Goolrick discusses his surprise at his own reaction to the death of his father, in terms of his emotions as well as his actions. This lesson will focus on Goolrick's reaction to discover possible reasons for them.
1) Class Discussion: How did Goolrick expect to feel following the death of his father? How did he actually feel? Why does he claim to be surprised by the difference in what he felt and his expectations? What would cause someone to hope for relief when their parents pass?
2) Pair Discussion: Divide the class into pairs. Have each person in the pair write down their presumed reactions to the death of their fathers. Compare and contrast the answers. What are similarities? What are differences? What does this say about human responses to death?
3) Group Discussion: Divide the class into small...
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