Objective: Part 1, Chapters 1-4 | Part 1, Chapters 5-8 | Part 1, Chapters 9-12 Tolstoy introduces us to the story and characters with a soirée and then moves on to other settings. The soirée is an after dinner party and in the following chapters there are more social gatherings. Most of the important characters are introduced in these first chapters. The objective of this lesson is to study how setting is used to begin a story to interest the reader and how in doing so, one becomes engaged in the plot.
1) Discuss the importance of setting and how Tolstoy uses parties to introduce characters in which the setting is essential. He introduces us to four different settings: a fashionable party among the high nobility, a quiet dinner among two close friends, a raucous gathering of young men, and a more staid celebration of two people's name day. How do...
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