Objective: Setting. The setting or location of any novel is often as important as the characters. The year is 1810 and England is at war with France. Napoleon leads a global dynasty that threatens to conquer all of Europe and is held at bay only by England's superior naval might. The primary action of the novel focuses on three tiny islands in the Indian Ocean--La Reunion, Mauritius, and Rodriguez--that lie in a generally west-to-east orientation in the order listed. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will research Europe around the early 1800's, writing a paper on some finding in the research that interest the students and which are relevant to The Mauritius Command.
2. Class discussion. Could this novel had been set anywhere? How do the settings make this a unique story? How does the settings differ from the where this class lives...
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