Objective: The idea of the perfect marriage is one that seems to be of vital importance to both Anne and Mary, right from the start. Today's objective is to discuss the idea of marriage as a relationship and as a tool to advance one's standing in society.
1. Have each student define what they think marriage should be all about. What do they think comprises a "perfect" marriage?
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss whether or not it's possible to be in a marriage without love. Why do they answer the way they do?
3. As a class, have students discuss what marriage seems to be in the novel so far. How is marriage used to advance one's position? What are the flaws in marrying to obtain power? How do the characters of the novel seem to define marriage? What does this seem to say about each character?
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