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The Return of the King Teaching Unit
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- It has been observed that Tolkien uses archetypes in The Return of the King to represent good and evil. Light, for example, is one archetype for good, while darkness is an archetype for evil. Find four passages in The Return of the King that illustrates Tolkien’s use of this technique.
- Discuss whether or not you find Eowyn’s relationship with Faramir at the end of the novel believable. Relate what you know about Eowyn’s character to support your answer.
- In what ways does Aragorn fulfill ancient prophecies and prove himself the rightful king of Gondor?
- One of the themes of Tolkien’s trilogy is that a person who is following the path of evil can repent and turn to the path of good. Discuss the ways in which Théoden, Wormtongue, Saruman, and Denethor illustrate this theme.
- Describe the difficult choice Beregond must make and the consequences his decision has on himself and on others.
- Cite incidents from the story to prove the following thematic statement: “It is the responsibility of each generation to work to keep the world safe and intact for subsequent generations.”
- Discuss the following symbols and what they represent: the white tree, the sea, and the wind.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.
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