Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The Bell Jar is written entirely from Esther's first person point of view. The objective of this lesson is to identify and examine how this point of view affects the narrative from the very start of the novel.
1) Review the definition of first person point of view
2) Class discussion: (You may want to pose these questions to students and ask them to informally write down ideas before engaging in class discussion to ensure that all have the opportunity to think through the questions before sharing) How does first person point of view influence the way a story is told? What do you need to know about a character in order to trust his/her story?
3) Class discussion: What do we know about Esther already in this first chapter? List these traits on the board or overhead. How do you think these traits will affect the...
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