Objective: Sleepy Hollow, 1844 The first chapter begins with the words the pastoral ideal, and introduces us to the concept and also begins to demonstrate Marx's style and purpose. This lesson discusses the central concept of the pastoral ideal, and also Marx's methods of unfolding it.
1. Close Reading: Read the first paragraph and pay close attention to the meaning and structure of the language in which Marx describes what the pastoral ideal is, and how it works. Who feels it? What does it do? Where is it used? Where does Marx see it in evidence?
2. Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to describe the consequences of the pastoral ideal. What does it do for people? Who does it do something for? Who feels it? Where and how? How is it registered? Is it a feeling or an artistic style or theme, or is...
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