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Activity 2
DIFFERENTIATION
WB p. 61



A Medieval Tone




Group 1


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,
by Andrew Adamson, 2005

Group 2


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works and Wonders

Because of its connection with the chivalric age, medievalism almost always has a political message [...]. Many authors use it conservatively, to promote a wished-for return to a mythical past of peace. This is the case in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where the symbol of the redemption of Narnia is the castle of Cair Paravel once again inhabited by a High King. Lewis’s friend, J.R.R Tolkien, in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, insisted that evil is real and must be combated by even the most lowly1. Star Wars argues that a return to chivalric codes by those destined to be Jedi knights is the only way to save the universe.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works and Wonders, Vol. 2, Gary Westfahl, 2005.


1. humble, meek

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You are in charge of one picture, one video and the text.



1
a. Look at the picture. Describe the characters’ attitude and the atmosphere of the scene.


b. What is happening? Give a title to the picture.


2
Read the text. What is the main reason for using medievalism in today’s fiction?


3
a. Watch the video. Sum it up in a few sentences.


b. What classic medieval imagery is used?


c. Focus on the characters: are they typical knights? Pick out the elements that describe them (outfit, accessories, actions).
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Let's talk this out!
MEDIATION

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Share your findings and learn about the other video.

4
How do these films illustrate the text?


5
What is the message behind using unusual heroes as characters in fiction? Do you know other examples?


Useful vocabulary: These films emphasise the belief that… The message conveyed is… One can identify with… For instance, the same theme is dealt with in…
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Let’s learn!

Play suffix categories

Choose your categories (-ed, -ing, -ive, -ful, -able…) and a random letter, then fill your chart and win points. You'll score more points if you don't pick the same words as your opponents!

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

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An expert in the (battle) field

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

As an expert on medieval fantasy, you write an article explaining how fantasy movies and shows make use of both medieval and modern codes to teach that good prevails over evil.

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