Ask the class to consider why people write autobiographies. Discuss the idea that autobiographies are often a way for writers to understand themselves better and reflect on their experiences. Encourage your students to describe themselves to each other in pairs, stating their good and bad points. The class could then be asked if they see any problems with autobiographies in representing accurate truth. (People are often blind to their own faults and uncomfortable about revealing things that are too personal.) Ask the class how a writer could make his or her writing seem less subjective (e.g. use of other characters and third-person narrative to present a different point of view). Get the class to compare the two narrative perspectives (Nicky Campbell's and his sister's) and examine how the language is used to present different images. The class could then be asked to suggest ways in which they could use techniques to suggest or imply ideas about their personality, without stating them directly.
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