Lesson 1 (from Book I - Against Polemides (Chapters I-V))
Book I - Against Polemides (Chapters I-V)
"Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War" by Steven Pressfield is based around the tales and life stories of the main storyteller, a man named Jason. It is Jason's grandson that does the actual narrative, relaying his grandfather's stories. Although the narration changes as the story teller changes, Jason is the thread that holds the stories together as he tells tales about Polemides, Socrates, the war, and Alcibiades. The objective of this lesson is to learn about Jason and his part in the story thus far. Also, discuss the premise and purpose of the stories and how/why they capture the listener/reader's attention.
1) Class Discussion: Discuss how diary entries create the framework for the book. Is this a creative and effective way to structure a book? Debate. Do you think that Pressfield was...
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