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Here's an excerpt about quests from pages three and four:
“Eckhart had read/that turtles liked to bask in the sun./This one might die from the cold … /A knight would rescue it.” [Page 19] Eckhart looks at challenges that come his way through the lens of the knights he wishes to emulate, especially Sir Gawain. Like those knights, he is on several different quests throughout the novel.
Discuss with the class Eckhart’s many quests. For each one, have students identify the goal, his method for achieving it, and the ultimate resolution. Be sure to include the following and go as far beyond this list as your class takes you:
The quest for home
The quest to win the game of The Green Knight
The quest for courage
The task of clearing, then replanting, the orchard
The quest to atone for his parents’ deaths
Which other characters have quests (or goals)? Have the class name them and talk about how they go about achieving their goals.
RL 6.1, 6.2, 6.3; SL 6.1