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Students will also judge Orwell’s and Christie’s books—which have been traditionally classified as high-brow and low-brow literature. They will consider each in light of its depiction of 1930s British society. The authors’ divergent styles will be analyzed, and students will consider such variables as author’s voice (or lack of) and audience (envisioned by the author).
The underlying purpose of the unit is to enable students to respond critically to works which delineate social history. The unit encourages students to view as well as read critically, and thus it includes a consideration of two Hitchcock films of the 1930s—”The 39 Steps” and “Sabotage.”
The unit provides analyses of “Down and Out in Paris and London,” “The ABC Murders,” “The 39 Steps,” and “Sabotage.” Questions which will facilitate student discoveries (and discussions) are also provided.
(Recommended for English classes, grade 12)
Christie, Agatha ABC Murders Social History British Literature British Comparative Orwell George Down And Out In Paris And London