The Last Unicorn Summary
The Last Unicorn weaves together a number of different themes, including the loss of enchantment, the limits of perception, the quest to redeem one's race, and the struggle to retain one's identity, but the overriding theme of the novel, the one that unites all the others, is the love of that which is transitory. The people of Hagsgate, cursed to prosper until Haggard's fall, ask Schmendrick: "How can we delight in our good fortune when we know that it must end, and that one of us will end it? Every day makes us richer, and brings us one day nearer to our doom. Magician, for fifty years we have lived leanly, avoided attachments, untied all habits, readying ourselves for the sea.
We have taken not a moment's joy in our wealth—or in anything else—for joy is just one more thing to lose." Hagsgate's response to its predicament illustrates... View more of the The Last Unicorn Summary
The The Last Unicorn Study Pack contains about 57 pages of study material in 6 products, including:
The Last Unicorn Short Guide
Peter S. Beagle Biography (1)
3,076 words, approx. 11 pages
Peter S. Beagle is "the class act of fantasy writing," according to Booklist contributor John Mort. A writer whose highly regarded fantasy fiction has wrought comparisons to J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Le...
Essays & Analysis (4)
868 words, approx. 3 pages
Below, Riely remarks on Beagle's skillful personification of animals in The Last Unicorn.
It is nothing to be surprised at that a man whose first novel [A Fine and Private Place] began with a r...
622 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following excerpt, Hicks argues that The Last Unicorn is a fable about imagination and the artist.
Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn is frankly a fantasy, as was his first novel, A Fine an...
5,098 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Norford discusses the symbolism of the characters in The Last Unicorn.
A cheeky and didactic squirrel in Peter S. Beagle's A Fine and Private Place (1960) tells the cyni...
3,628 words, approx. 13 pages
In the essay below, Stevens argues that Beagle uses humor to manipulate the tone of The Last Unicorn.
While humor is peripheral to much fantasy, it is central to Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn...