Lesson 1 (from Satire I)
CONDEMNATION - In Satire I, Juvenal seems to condemn almost all of mankind, questioning why they live their lives the way that they do; as well as why they attempt to chronicle their lives on paper, when there is nothing new or interesting to say. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the list of actions that Juvenal condemns; and to discuss why he participates in actions that he otherwise condemns.
1.) Class Activity: As a class, create a list of actions that Juvenal condemns in others. Are there any groups of people whose actions Juvenal seems to condemn more than others?
2.) Class Activity: As a class, compare/contrast the way that Juvenal condemns the poor with the that way he condemns the rich. What similarities exist among those condemned actions? What difference(s) exist with them? Is there anything unexpected...
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