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by Saki

1917

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Hermann the Irascible" by Saki.

In "Hermann the Irascible" (1917), a king decides that once women have the right to vote, they will tire of the responsibility. In this comedic story, this reverse psychology works - once women gain the right to vote, they don't want it anymore. Today, "Herman the Irascible" is read as a time piece that reflects popular opinions of the era.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy and Men & Women as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How do we define the roles of men and women?" and "What can we learn from comedy?"

Ways to support your child: