Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 4)
Chapters 1 through 4
Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the plot's possibilities. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction. Setting in the historical novel genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the setting at a time in the past. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1) Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of The Paris Wife and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the twenty-first century?
2) Class Discussion: Could The Paris Wife have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Paris in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The...
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