- Connect the text with another text. Write a text-to-text response in which you connect a key element from the rising action & climax exposition(character development OR conflict) to the same in element in another text. A text here is loosely defined as not only another book, but also a short story, a TV show, a film, a poem, a song. Your first paragraph should be about the key element in the book you are currently reading. Include MLA formatted quotesas evidence in that first paragraph. Your second paragraph should be a much longer paragraph, in which you elaborate on the same key element in the other text. Include specific examples from the other text as well. See this student exemplar or this one.
Ranger’s Apprentice The Siege of Macindaw vs. The Battle or Skandia
I read Ranger’s Apprentice, The Siege of Macindaw by John Flannagon, in which the main character Will needs siege and capture a castle to save the kingdom. This story has many similar aspects to one of the previous books in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, called Ranger’s Apprentice, The Battle For Skandia. In that book, Will needs to defend a castle from being sieged, and plays a reverse roll from The Siege of Macindaw, but the character development, setting, and certain pieces of the conflict are very similar. At the beginng of The Siege of Macindaw, Will is fairly static, but he goes through many challenges in the rising action that challenge him and allow him to learn and change. One example of this is, “Still in light shock, Will reacted angrily to the question.” And, “Will shouted angrily, stepping back from him.” These quotes are from when Will was in a battle, where even when using all the techniques he’s learned over years of learning, he is overcome and defeated. Will is angry and disappointed in himself, and because of this he struggles to lead because of self-doubt and thinks lowly of himself. This is when Will becomes a dynamic character. The setting of my story is Macindaw in the Norgate Fief. This is a cold barren land with heavy snowfall, which makes things harder for Will and Horace to work and prepare for the siege, because they are in an unfamiliar environment without as many resources as they are used to. Will’s overall goal in this story is to take Castle Macindaw so that he can save Araluen from the invading Scotti. Many of these ideas are also found in the other book, Ranger’s Apprentice, The Battle for Skandia.
The book Ranger’s Apprentice, The Battle for Skandia has Will in the country of Skandia, where the Temu-Ji people are invading and Will needs to defend Skandia and repel the invaders, although Will is in unfamiliar territory, with unfamiliar people. Skandia is in the far North and is incredibly cold and snowy, even more than Macindaw. The story states, “Exhausted before he first hour was out, Will kept doggedly on, stumbling in the snow from time to time and, on occasions too numerous to count, falling full length to lie groaning.” This shows that due to the extreme weather, Will is struggling to even continue walking forward. This is similar to Siege of Macindaw, although in that book Will is older and the weather is slightly less extreme. Unlike in the book I am currently reading, in The Battle for Skandia Will is dynamic throughout the whole story. At the beginning he is struggling to walk through the snow, but he perseveres through, and in the middle and to the end, he is learning to lead people and train them. In The other story, Will has already learned these things, so he doesn’t develop as until he comes to a new challenge he hasn’t faced before, and instead of learning for the first time like in The Battle for Skandia, Will instead needs to relearn after he lost some of his confidence. In both stories, Will has the same motive: to save Araluen from an invading country. In The Siege of Macindaw he is doing this in a more direct way, because the Scotti is invading Araluen directly. In The Battle for Skandia, Will is defending the country Skandia, so that the invading Temu-Ji wouldn’t get the resources they needed from Skandia to invade Araluen. Overall, these two books may not seem very similar, but Will’s character development and how the conflict and setting affected that are very similar.