Objective: In Act 1, Scene 1, the audience is immediately propelled into the story's action, the incestuous relationship between Giovanni and Annabella. These desires will serve as motivations for many of the play's characters and the course of action of the entire play. The objective of this lesson is to understand how such a turbulent relationship could shape the play students are about to read.
1. Classroom Discussion: What do the Friar and Giovanni discuss in Act 1, Scene 1? How does the Friar respond to what Giovanni says? How does Giovanni discuss this situation with the Friar? What does the Friar suggest Giovanni do at the end of the scene?
2. Group Activity: Discuss in groups Giovanni's defense of his feelings towards his sister. What does his defending what is obviously wrong tell us about his character? Do you sympathize for his isolation or are you disgusted by his behavior? Why doesn't...
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