Wednesday, January 6th
Read and summarize the findings in the article, entitled "Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling"
1. 4 corners:
3. Partner chat: Have you ever been this happy? What do you think is the relationship between this guy’s happiness and his pursuit of a meaningful life?
4. Continue Existentialism powerpoint
5. Discuss The Stranger
6. Time to read and annotate The Stranger
The Stranger, chapters 2-5 discussion questions:
Food for thought:
1. CH. 3 deals a lot with the concept of morality and raises the question: Is there a universal sense of right/wrong? And how do we respond in the face of apparent injustices? Existentialists rejected the idea of a universal code of ethics but did place responsibility on individuals to decide right and wrong for themselves and to act according to the person they want to be. What are TWO examples in chapter three that pertain to this tenet of Existentialism? Does Mersault seem moral/immoral/amoral?
2. Why would chapter 3 end with Salamano's dog whimper?
3. Read aloud pages 40-41
4. On page 39 Salamano cries about his dead dog and Mersault thinks of Maman. Why? Is this a change in his character? Why or why not?
5. Page 45: "No cure for old age" mirrors a line earlier on "There's no way out"-- In a way Camus is setting the stage for Mersault (and the reader) to recognize the absurd in the inevitability of death....urging us not to hide from it or deny the reality of death.
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