Objective: Setting. The Lotus Eaters is set primarily in Vietnam in Saigon during the Vietnam War. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of The Lotus Eaters and set it in another war, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would have been different if it had been set in World War II?
2. Class discussion. Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in the present differ from the people in the Vietnam War Era? How did the setting affect the people? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work. In groups students will research a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Helen's life would have been different set in another time or place.
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