by Thomas Hardy
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- Saul McLeod
“Self-Concept” introduces several psychology concepts that describe how people think about themselves.Pair “Self-Concept” with “Excerpt from Tess of the d’Ubervilles” and ask students to discuss how Jack Durbeyfield’s self-concept changes over the course of the story. How do his self-image and self-esteem or self-worth change to alter his self-concept? Do students think Durbeyfield is his ideal self or is he experiencing incongruence? Will Durbeyfield ever become his ideal self? Why or why not?
- Franz Kafka
In the novella The Metamorphosis, a traveling salesman is transformed into an insect.Pair “The Metamorphosis” with “Excerpt from Tess of the d’Ubervilles” and ask students to discuss the shared theme of metamorphosis in the two texts. How does Jack Durbeyfield undergo a change when he realizes that he may be the descendant of a knight? How does Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a beetle change the way he views himself?
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
- Thomas Hardy
In this excerpt from Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, a farmer named Bathsheba becomes the center of attention at the market.Pair “Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd” with “Excerpt from Tess of the d’Ubervilles” to provide students with another example of Thomas Hardy’s writing. How does Hardy explore the identities of the main characters in the two texts? How does the admiration that Bathsheba receives affect how she views herself? How does this compare to how Jack Durbeyfield views himself after having his ancestry revealed to him?
How You See Yourself
- Set to Go
In the informational text, “How You See Yourself,” the author describes the importance of developing and maintaining a stable self-image.Pair “Excerpt from Tess of the D’Urbervilles” with “How You See Yourself” to provide students with a character who experiences challenges with self-image. How does Jack Durbeyfield’s self-concept change throughout the text? What struggles does this cause? How does Durbeyfield’s experience compare to the idea of a gap between self-image and actual self as addressed in “How You See Yourself”? Use evidence from both texts to support your thinking.