Daily Lessons for Teaching When Nietzsche Wept

Irvin D. Yalom
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)


Chapter 1

The novel is told from the point of view of Josef Breuer. Readers meet him in the opening chapter. The objective of this lesson is for students to learn about Dr. Josef Breuer through direct and indirect characterization.


1) Class Definitions: We learn about Josef Breuer in many ways. Already, we have opinions of him. What have we specifically been told about him? Direct characterization is defined as learning about a character from direct statements. Indirect characterization is defined as learning about characters from how they act, how others act around them, and how others talk about them. You have to infer, deduce, or reason what those actions tell you about a character.

2) Class Discussion: Make and label two columns on the board/overhead projector for 'direct characterization' and 'indirect characterization.' What are we directly told about Dr. Breuer? We are told that he...

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