by Anton Chekhov
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- Saul McLeod
Compliance is a type of social influence where an individual conforms to a rule. Unlike obedience, there is only a request rather than an order. In this article, the author reviews three techniques that can make individuals comply.Pair "A Defenseless Creature" with "Compliance" and have students identify which psychological techniques the old woman uses in order to get Kistunov to comply with her wishes.
Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12
- Lewis Carroll
In this excerpt — the final chapter of English author Lewis Carroll's novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Alice has been called up as a witness in the trial of the Knave of Hearts, who has been accused of stealing the Queen’s tarts.Pair “A Defenseless Creature” with “Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12” and ask students to discuss the humor in each piece. Consider the ridiculous characters: why won’t they listen to reason?
Excerpts from Three Sisters
- Anton Chekhov
In Anton Chekhov’s play “Three Sisters,” the Prózorov siblings struggle to find happiness in a rural Russian village.Pair “Excerpts from Three Sisters” with “A Defenseless Creature” and ask students to discuss how each work comments on the power and importance of money. Compare the character of Madame Shtchukin to the female characters of the play and ask students to determine if any of her character traits can be found in any specific character in the play. What can be discerned about Chekhov’s views on money and women through both texts?
Pigs is Pigs
- Ellis Parker Butler
In “Pigs is Pigs,” a delivery dispute over fees and the definition of “guinea pigs” goes out of control to a hilarious degree.Pair “A Defenseless Creature” with “Pigs is Pigs” and ask students to compare the two texts. How does money complicate or add to the plot of the stories? How does each text utilize comedy or satire in their stories? To what effect? Cite examples of humor in each.