Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dr. Phil Assignment Overview

A few days ago, all the students in my English class participated in an exciting assignment for the novel that we are currently reading called Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. The assignment was done in groups of four and our task was to choose three students to take on the roles of certain characters in the story while the last student takes on the role of Dr. Phil. The students who took on the roles of the characters of the book were to communicate their issues with each other and try to resolve them while Dr. Phil acts as a mediator and an advisor. In this way, the assignment greatly resembled an actual episode of Dr. Phil.

This was a very enjoyable assignment, as each of the characters in the novel are passionate in their feelings and each have deep-seated conflicts with one another. For anyone who has read the novel, you know what I’m talking about. For this reason, it was very entertaining to act these characters out. I was assigned the role of Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist in the story. Dr. Frankenstein is the man who creates the monster of the novel and ends up miserable because of it. This character was particularly fun to act out as he passionately hated the monster. It was fun to express this feeling of deep loathing while in character.

All in all, I believe that this assignment was very effective, as it allowed us to show our creative side and was actually fun to do. We all know how rare it is to come across an assignment that helps us to learn while having fun at the same time, and I can honestly say that this was one of those assignments.

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