If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will be able to analyze and interpret thecharacters' motivations, actions, and internal lives.
Students will be able to trace themes of mortality and suffering throughout the text.
Students will be able to place the characters and their actions within a larger social and literary context.
Students will be able to think critically about the philosophical ideas exploredin the novel.