Lesson 1 (from Equal Rites, pgs. 1-33)
In "Equal Rites", pp. 1-33, the author Terry Pratchett describes the birth and early childhood of the protagonist, Esk Smith. Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and setting. Comic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy that is usually set in an imaginary world and is humorous in tone. The story of "Equal Rites" occurs on planet Discworld and in the towns of Bad Ass and Ramtop particularly. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of this book as fantasy.
1) Class Discussion - What is comic fantasy? Begin with a discussion of this popular genre. Identify elements of comic fantasy in this chapter. The names used for local towns such as Bad Ass and Ramtop are humorous in tone. The author also uses...
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