Day 1

Notes from Underground Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Based on the information provided in the first chapter, how would you describe the protagonist, known as The Underground Man?

    The Underground Man believes he is a sick and wicked man. He should be under a physician’s treatment because of his diseased liver, but he refuses a doctor’s help. He is superstitious even though he is educated. He is forty years old, and he used to be in the civil service. He was a rude official (and liked being that way), but he had enough integrity not to take bribes.

  2. 2

    What contradictions do you notice in the first chapter? What is the effect of these contradictions on our understanding of the narrative?

    First, the Underground Man...

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