Prologue – Chapter 5
• NOTE: This Lesson Plan is based upon the following version of the book: Beatty, Paul. The Sellout: A Novel. Copyright 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.
• Paul Beatty’s satirical novel on race and racism in America is narrated from the first-person perspective of its protagonist, an unnamed character whose last name is only noted as “Me,” as referenced in his Supreme Court case, Me Vs. The United States of America.
• The Sellout is divided into 26 numbered chapters as well as a Prologue, Epilogue, and brief interludes such as “City Lights: An Interlude.”
• In the Prologue, the narrator begins his story by asserting, “This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything” (3).
• The narrator continues listing the crimes that he has never committed, and then states that despite having not committed these crimes he nonetheless is sitting in...
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