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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Liberal Studies Program

EA 100
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Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams - Discussion Guide



Velveteen Rabbit, The Boy, Skin Horse, Nana

Mechanical Toys, Real Rabbits, The Doctor, Magic Fairy


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes: friendship, acceptance, believing in yourself, magic, becoming real, growing up.

Compare and contrast the belief systems of adults, children, and toys.

Does the author/illustrator use foreshadowing?

Describe the relationship between picture and print, and how the illustrations enhance and strengthen the story.

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Science: Rabbits, Nature, Scarlet Fever.

Vocabulary of Late 19th Century/Early 20th Century.

Classroom Projects: Art, Science, Writing.