Day 2

Desire Under the Elms Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What does Eben seem to be fighting within himself?

    Strong answers will describe and analyze the two sides of Eben's internal conflict. They will discuss his devotion to the farm via his loyalty to his mother, noting the budding vengeance he feels toward his father. They should note his recognition of his mother's presence all around the farm. They should discuss his aversion to Abbie and the thought of her getting everything to herself. They'll observe the same passionate energy towards all things beautiful, not just the land, but Abbie too. They'll refer to the tension at moments when Eben and Abbie are in the room. And they'll note Abbie's own provocations playing on...

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