The Reluctant Dragon Essay

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The Reluctant Dragon

Keith Tobin
English 428
Assign #1

The Reluctant Dragon

By Kenneth Grahame

GRADE LEVEL: This is a relatively short book and would be good for third or
forth graders or for someone at an intermediate reading level. This packet will be designed for third graders.

SYNOPSIS: The setting of this book takes place in medieval times in a small
English village. It's about a boy, his mother and father, a dragon, a dragon
slayer, and the people of the village. It all begins when the father of the boy
discovers a dragon in a cave in the countryside. The father tells the boy and the
boy proceeds to go and find the dragon. When the boy finds the dragon, he talks
to it. The dragon is timid and doesn't want any trouble from the boy. The boy
became good friends with the dragon and they share stories and poetry with
each other. Word gets back to the village and they begin talking about the
dragon. They spread rumors about the dragon and say that it is a menace and a
scourge. The villagers want to see the dragon destroyed in a fight. They recruit
a dragon slayer from far away named Saint George. Upon the arrival of the
saint, the boy meets up with him and convinces him to visit the dragon. The boy
and the saint meet the dragon and talk with him.

The saint explains that he must defeat the dragon and the dragon asks the saint why he
must be defeated. The saint explains that is what the villagers want to see to be
appeased by the foe. He says that it is irregular for the dragon to win and it would not
win over the public. Both the dragon and the saint finally reach an agreement. They
decide there will be a staged fight so that the villagers will get to see what they want
to see. They also agree that the dragon will not be harmed and the saint will win. The
saint also agrees to change the ways of the dragon in the villager's eyes and make him
into a good dragon. The next day they act out the fight with the entire village watching.
Everything goes as planned. The saint wins victoriously and the dragon becomes socially
acceptable. Everyone is happy and the boy and the saint walk the dragon home to his cave
where he can now live in peace.

TOPICS: Getting along with others, imagination, communication, sharing, history, animal rights, violence, poetry.

THEME(S): There are many lessons in this book that would be beneficial to young readers.
Some of the more important themes of the book are prejudice, problem solving, and getting
along with others. These are good themes because they are ones faced by children
everyday. Children can learn a lot from this book.

The main theme of prejudice is displayed when the entire town assumes the dragon is evil.
They stereotype the dragon. They show how they feel when they recruit the help of the
saint. The saint didn't even know the dragon wasn't evil until he talked with the dragon.
At the beginning of the book even the father of the boy prejudges the dragon. The reader
can see the prejudgment of the dragon by the father because the father runs off
frantically at first sight of the dragon. The boy is the only one who doesn't pass
judgment on the dragon. He is more curious than anything and he wanted to see for himself
if the dragon is good or evil.

I thought this was a good scene for a young reader to relate to. It shows that adults
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