The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. (From feedbooks.com)
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Chapter 1 - The Coming of the Ship
"The Prophet" is a collection of twenty-six poetic essays that deal with life issues. Poetic essays (also known as prose poems) are prose texts that use poetry techniques.
What do you learn about Almustafa from the opening paragraph?
The highlighted text contains an example of which of the following literary devices?
The point of view, or position from which the story is told, is important in this work. The video will help you better understand point of view and cultural perspective. (This annotation contains a video)
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
What request does Almitra make of Almustafa?
Chapter 2 - On Love
You will notice that Almustafa's responses use figurative language or language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. The video explains the difference between literal and figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 3 - On Marriage
What does Almustafa say about marriage?
Chapter 4 - On Children
Salma Hayek is producing an animated version of the book "The Prophet." She shares the impact the book made on her grandfather's life. As you read the essays, think about the implications to your life. (This annotation contains a video)
A paradox is a statement that seems to be self-contradictory. What does Almustafa mean when he says "your children are not your children"?
Chapter 5 - On Giving
When does one truly give?
Chapter 6 - On Eating & Drinking
The author uses many devices to illustrate his themes. Two such devices are similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 7 - On Work
You must work with
Chapter 8 - On Joy & Sorrow
The scale illustrates how we are suspended between sorrow and joy. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 9 - On Houses
City walls are built
Structure refers to the way in which a book is organized. Some examples are given in the video below. What have you noticed about the way this text is organized? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 10 - On Clothes
According to the speaker, what does clothing do?
Chapter 11 - On Buying & Selling
In this sentence, invoke means
With what spirit should buying and selling take place?
Chapter 12 - On Crime & Punishment
To what does the prophet compare one's god-self?
What is the relationship between crime and punishment?
Chapter 13 - On Laws
What figure of speech does the narrator use in this sentence?
Chapter 14 - On Freedom
Almustafa points out that freedom can be a kind of bondage.
Chapter 15 - On Reason & Passion
To what does Almustafa compare the struggle between reason and passion?
Chapter 16 - On Pain
Pain is a tool that brings understanding. What the video and prepare to answer a question. (This annotation contains a video)
How effectively does the video illustrate the themes of this essay? Use evidence to support your response.
Chapter 17 - On Self-Knowledge
What figure of speech describes the unfolding of the soul?
Chapter 18 - On Teaching
Chapter 19 - On Friendship
What should be the purpose of friendship?
Chapter 20 - On Talking
Why do people talk?
Chapter 21 - On Time
How are time and love similar?
Chapter 22 - On Good & Evil
Why does Almustafa speak only of good?
Chapter 23 - On Prayer
The wording of the prophet's prayer is similar to that of the Lord's prayer. Refer to Matthew 6: 9 -13.
Chapter 24 - On Pleasure
The narrator uses ____________ to describe the body.
Chapter 25 - On Beauty
You can see in this essay that the narrator gives human characteristics to nonhuman objects. This is a type of figurative language called personification. The video gives you some examples of personification. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 26 - On Religion
According to the text, what is your religion?
Chapter 27 - On Death
How are life and death connected?
Chapter 28 - The Farewell
What does the prophet gain from the people of Orphalese?
In what way will Almustafa return to Orphalese?