16th July 2012

Title: Genre Analysis

Texts:  summary of BButtonstory

Objective: Must make comparisons

Should reflect on comparisons

Could relate to thoughts on Life itself

Starter:  Use the following question prompts to order your reflections on the short story.

  1. Does “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” have a moral, or attempt to teach its readers a lesson of sorts?
  2. What is the effect of the first-person narration, and why does the narrator reveal himself so minimally?
  3. Is “Benjamin Button” funny, tragic, or both?
  4. How sympathetic are you to Benjamin’s character? As a reader, can you relate to him at all, despite the peculiarity of his circumstance?
  5. Well-executed short stories usually cover a short period of time. How is it that “Benjamin Button” functions well as a short piece yet covers the course of 70 years?

Activity:

1. What does “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” teach us about the nature of age?

2. How has the story made you think differently about Life?

Plenary: Which version of the story do you prefer and why?

Further Reading: An analysis of Themes etc

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