La mentalità e cultura siciliana
La visione della donna
Mention the names of the principal characters and ask the students to create a profile of each character as they are reading through the novel (making note of appropriate quotations, character descriptions etc.)
Il dottor Roscio
Luisa la madre di Laurana l’arciprete il parroco
Read the first chapter in
class and them make a summary. Then ask the students to read the next chapter
at home, discuss it in class and summarize it. (Obviously if the students
have difficulties or need some extra help, this can be done in class.)
Continue until you have completed the novel.
Students can then begin to think about the novel in the context of the above mentioned themes and the notes that they have been making about the characters as they were reading.
They should then be asked to write two short pieces on the novel – one on a specific character and another on a more general theme.
Below are some suggested titles for essays from past Leaving certificate examination papers.
Questions on 'aciascuno il suo'.
Is "A ciascuno il suo' simply a detective novel or does it also attempt to reflect the mentality and behaviour of a people? Discuss, giving reference from the novel that illustrate your views on this question.
What is there about Professor Laurana 's character and background that makes him a suitable investigator into the crimes committed?
In the novel 'A ciascuno il suo' Laurana sets in motion something which he cannot control – "una macchina inarrestabile pericolosa" - and consequently is not a suitable investigator of the crimes committed.
Discuss this opinion, giving reasons for your answer based on the novel
Laurana's downfall was brought
about by his failure to understand the idiosyncrasies of the Sicilian mentality.
Discuss this opinion, giving reasons for your answer based on the novel.
Consider the view that 'A ciascuno il suo' represents a search for reason, truth and justice.
How does 'A ciascuno il suo' differ from a classic detective story?
"Paolo Laurana is an excessively open person, but this openness gets in the way of his investigation."
Discuss this opinion, giving reasons for your answer based on the novel, A ciascuno il suo.
What does Paolo Laurana
discover about crime in Sicly?
Accurate references to the text of A ciascuno il suo are expected in support of the points you make.
Discuss the role of Luisa, Doctor Roscio’s wife, in ‘A ciascuno il suo’. Accurate references to the novel are expected in support of the points you make.
Contrast the characters
of Laurana and Rosello in "A ciascuno il suo". Accurate references to the
novel are expected in support of the points you make.