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An Honest Thief

Pre-reading introduction to "An Honest Thief" by Dostoyevsky

Janet Worley

on 9 September 2015

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Transcript of An Honest Thief

Rapid Fire Writing
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
November 11, 1821-January 9, 1881
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
-F. Dostoyevsky
Your Thoughts
Russian Author Dostoyevsky Follows Tolstoy's Example
"To Live without Hope is to Cease to Live"
Identify 3 facts about Dostoyevsky from the clip.
As a group discuss the meaning of the quote, "To live without hope is to cease to live."

Then, use the quote as your claim.

2 pieces of evidence
from a
secondary source
that prove the quote is true.

them down and
be prepared
to share.
Winter, 1848 prior to exile in Siberia
Vol XCIII, No. 311
1. Define Oxymoron
Oxymoron Directs Thinking
Dostoyevsky's Message to the World
The World Meets an Honest Thief
2. Why do you think that Dostoyevsky titled his story, "An Honest Thief"?
Was the title of the story appropriate? Why or Why not?

2. Dostoyevsky once said, "Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark raving mad."
Does this quote fit the story? Why or Why not?

What do you believe was the purpose of Dostoyevsky's story? Why?
An Honest Thief
Famous Russian author largely influenced by Tolstoy and his works.
Directions for Rapid Fire Writing:
1. Pick one word from the list of words you will see.

2. In 30 SECONDS, write one sentence about the word you picked to start a story.

3. Circle the word.

4. When time is called pass your paper to the person on your right.

5. Read the story. Pick a NEW word. Continue the story using the word you picked.

6. Continue the cycle until all 6 words are used.
1. Can a thief be honest? Why or Why not?

2. Is stealing ever justified? Why or Why not?

Definition of Oxymoron: A figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined in order to create a seemingly contradictory effect on a literary work.
3. Consider the clip you just watched. How do the circumstances of this prisoner impact your view of an "honest thief"?
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