Interesting, meaningful, profound short fiction for a thought- provoking final response?
March 8, 2006 8:49 AM Subscribe
a short story by a continental european writer that directly addresses or suggests conflicts within human nature-- the desire to perform "good" acts vs. our tendency (the temptation) to commit "evil" ones?
posted by ronv to education (10 answers total)
as a high school british lit. teacher, i always want to challenge students to compare/ contrast their ideas and perspectives with those suggested by the events and characters of the literature we cover; as part of one of our end- of- the year assessments, i would like to present them with a "fresh" piece to explore-- some work of short fiction that they've never encountered-- in order to challenge them to compare it with a work with which they've already dealt.
my overall goal is to allow them the chance to compare/ contrast their own perspectives on human nature with these two works.
it's ambitious but meaningful, i think.
what i'm looking for are some suggestions for the "fresh" piece.
what short pieces might allow them to confront such a challenge?
(and, in case you're interested, we've discussed these kinds of questions before with: "Macbeth" by Shakespeare, "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing, "Lord of the Flies" by W. Golding, and "1984" by Orwell...)