The Last Unicorn Book Summary and Study Guide

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One day a solitary unicorn overhears a conversation between two humans and realizes that she is the last of her breed. Setting out to find out what happened to the others, she soon picks up a couple of human companions. She is rescued from a travelling carnival by the inept magician Schmendrick, who has great potential for magic, but cannot control it, and when they meet a group of outlaws, the outlaw's cook, Molly Grue, decides to go with them.
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They find out that the Red Bull, a creature in the service of the mean King Haggard, long ago collected all the other unicorns together and drove them towards Haggard's kingdom. The unicorn nearly suffers the same fate, but Schmendrick is finally able to do real magic, and turns the unicorn into a woman, whom he gives the name Lady Amalthea. Once they reach Haggard's castle, two problems arise: the unicorn begins to forget who she really is, and Haggard's adopted son, Prince LÝr, falls in love with her. In the end, they discover what happened to the unicorns, and it is Amalthea, back in unicorn form, who can save them, but only if she finds the courage to face the Red Bull and challenge him to a fight.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being Animal Story    -   Yes Kind of animal    -   unicorn

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   is very quick    -   can read emotions    -   healing

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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