Dragon, Dragon By John Gardner
Dragon, Dragon Setting The story takes place in a kingdom far away, but in modern times. • Cars • Alarm Clocks John Gardner • Loved tales of heroes and other old-fashioned stories. • Wrote Grendel, which retells the story of Beowolf • Adds twists to the familiar patters of fairy tales.
Characters MAJOR • Dragon: Antagonist • Youngest Son: Protagonist • Cobbler MINOR • King • Wizard • Oldest son • Middle son
Plot Elements Youngest son kills the dragon. Brothers are saved Youngest son prepares to slay dragon Treasures are found Middle son tries to slay dragon Eldest son volunteers to slay dragon Youngest son takes the dragon’s head to the king. Rising Action King calls a meeting Falling Action Son gets ½ of kingdom Dragon knocks over fences. Wizard gets his book back Dragon Moves roads Queen is restored. Problem: How to get rid of the dragon Dragon is destroying the kingdom. Dragon is dead. Exposition Resolution
Theme “Listen to your elders.” Time and again the father gave each son advice. Only the youngest son took that advice and he was the one that defeated the dragon.
Conflicts Types of conflict Examples • Man vs. Man • Man vs. Self • Sons vs. Dragon • Youngest son isn’t sure if he is strong enough. • Not sure he should follow dad’s advice.
Dragon, dragon, how do you do?I’ve come from the king to murder you. Say it very loud and firly and the dragon will fall. God willing, at our feet.