This bookshows how secondary and post-secondary teachers can help students become more responsive to the ethical themes and questions that emerge from the narratives they study. It helps teachersto integrate character education into the classroom by focusingon a variety of waysof drawing instructive insights from fictional life narratives. The case studies and questions throughout are designed to awaken students' moral imagination and prompt ethical reflection on four protagonists' motivations, aspirations, and choices.
The book is divided into two parts. The firstprovides a theoretical approachwhile the second features case studies to apply this approachto the study of four literary characters:
- Sydney Carton from Tale of Two Cities
- Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
- Elizabeth Bennet fromPride and Prejudice
- Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God
The questions, ideas and approaches used in these case studies can also be applied to protagonists from other narrative works in the curriculum.