by Nikolai Gogol
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When Good People Do Bad Things
- Ann Trafton
Rebecca Saxe, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at MIT, conducted an experiment to study the way people behave in groups. This article explores the study's findings, and what they can teach us about the science behind mob brutality.Pair “When Good People Do Bad Things” with “Excerpt from The Overcoat” and ask students to discuss group dynamics. How can being part of a group encourage people to treat others as outsiders. How do students think group dynamic contributed to Akakiy’s coworkers treating him disrespectfully? Why might he have been seen as an outsider?
- Nikolai Gogol
The nose of a St. Petersburg official disappears and starts living a life of its own.Pair “The Nose” with “Excerpt from The Overcoat” to provide students with another example of Nikolai Gogol’s writing. Ask students to compare the tones of the two stories. How does the author develop the vastly different tones of “The Nose” and “The Overcoat”?
The Man in the Well
- Ira Sher
Ira Sher is a contemporary author who writes short fiction. In this story, a man in a vulnerable position asks a group of children for help.Pair “The Man In the Well” with “Excerpt from The Overcoat” and ask students to discuss the nature of human cruelty. Why do the children in “The Man in the Well” neglect to help the man trapped in the well? Why do the men in “Excerpt from The Overcoat” harass Akakiy? How do both texts expose the cruelty that humans are capable of?