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By Karen Bohlin

This book shows how secondary and post-secondary academics can assist scholars develop into extra conscious of the moral subject matters and questions that emerge from the narratives they examine. It is helping teachers to combine personality schooling into the study room by way of focusing on various ways of drawing instructive insights from fictional lifestyles narratives. The case stories and questions all through are designed to rouse scholars' ethical mind's eye and urged moral mirrored image on 4 protagonists' motivations, aspirations, and offerings. The publication is split into components. The first provides a theoretical approach while the second one gains case stories to use this approach to the learn of 4 literary characters: Sydney Carton from story of 2 towns Jay Gatsby from the nice Gatsby Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice Janie Crawford from Their Eyes have been observing God The questions, rules and methods utilized in those case stories is additionally utilized to protagonists from different narrative works within the curriculum.  

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Zv28 Courage Just because a person recognizes a goal as noble does not mean he or she is committed to doing what it takes to pursue it. Students, for example, are keen to rail against prejudice when they read Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham City Jail and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, or to become indignant in the face of discrimination. Yet day-to-day in their own lunch rooms, students find themselves segregated by race, popularity, and gender. In his Russian epic, The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s Zosima the Elder makes this observation to Fyodor Pavlovich: A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others.

69) This student did not just mentally rehearse a similar experience; he allowed himself to live another life, to practice what it would be like to have someone else’s goals and challenges, to befriend a character. This activity of his moral imagination is the ability to envision possibilities through the vicarious friendships a reader develops with the characters. Literature and the moral imagination 33 Recently, I had breakfast with a group of female graduate students from various universities in Boston and listened intently as they discussed their childhood passion for Anne of Green Gables and argued over their favorite book in the series.

For Dickens’ Pip in Great Expectations this means finally recognizing his own vanity and selfishness in his treatment of Joe Gargery. Helping students attend to the ways in which literary characters face and accept the truth or flee from it helps them to trace the influence of courage in each character’s schooling of desire. ” The schooling of desire as it plays itself out in literary characters’ lives helps teachers and students to see moral choices as not stemming primarily from a set of specific rules, skills, or moral knowledge per se, but rather from the particular story of one’s life and the vision that animates it.

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