Are you interested in taking a fresh look at some of the classic novels you learned about in high school? Join Jane Offut for a special summer reading group for all ages. We will meet from 7-8pm in the Lounge.
From its earliest colonial days, religion has been a defining feature of American culture. The Puritans came to America seeking to live and worship in strict adherence to the Ten Commandments. Discussion of The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible will focus on how human frailties make religious ascetism difficult.
In The Pearl, Steinbeck shows the trend toward realism and naturalism in literature. He shows or how man is shaped, for good or evil, by social conditions, environment, and heredity. Kino, an indigent pearl diver, dreams of a better life for his family. He gets in trouble, however, in his dogged efforts to overcome his social conditions.
Modernist literature, which came about in the 20th century, especially after World War I, shows a strong break from established religious, political, and social views. The events of The Power and the Glory transpire in Mexico years after government efforts to suppress the Catholic Church. The main character priest has survived the execution of his fellow priests, but now must face his own Calvary.
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June 18th -Discuss objectives for the group
June 25th -The Scarlet Letter Discussion
July 9 – The Pearl Discussion
July 23 - View The Crucible
July 30 – Discuss The Crucible
August 13 – Discuss The Power and the Glory