Lesson Plans for Secondary School Educators
Unit Three: There and Back Again
Content Focus: The Hobbit, Chapters VIII XIX
Thematic Focus: The Quest in Life and Literature
In Unit Three, the class uses The Hobbit as a springboard to a more general consideration of quest adventures, with a special emphasis on the heroic epic. Moving back and forth between Bilbo Baggins’s journey and their personal experiences, students consider three types of quest the heroic, the interior, and the metaphorical that recur in life and literature.
By the end of Unit Three, the student should be able to:
List W. H. Auden's six characteristics of a quest story.
Say what is meant by a "metaphorical quest."
Discuss some differences between symbolism and allegory.
Indicate how Bilbo Baggins's adventures changed him for the better.
Appreciate Gandalf's distinction between providence and "mere luck."
Unit Three Content
Comments for Teachers
These lesson plans were written by James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow in consultation with Amy Allison, Gregory Miller, Sarah Rito, and Jason Zanitsch.
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