The first book of the Ranger's Apprentice Series has an intricate plot dealing with many relationships, such as the master- apprentice relationship the main character has with his master.
The exposition starts by giving an introduction of the main characters Will, Horace, and Halt. The exposition states that Will is an orphan, a boy who is unsure of what profession he will be chosen for. He lives in castle Redmont which is a fief of Araluen. His orphan companions can place themselves correctly into an are where they would be accepted. For example, Will's friend Jenny, a bit rounded and stout, wants to be a cook. Horace, a character who is introduced by his bullying of Will, is tall, strong, and knows he wants to be a warrior.
The beginning conflict is basically an internal one. In fact the conflict is: Will, is short and lean, wants to be a warrior but is uncertain of his being selected in that Craft. This is displayed in the following dialogue.
"'What school did you wish to apply for, Will?' he asked.'Battleschool, please, my lord,' Will replied, trying to sound confident in his choice. The Baron allowed a frown to crease his forehead and Will felt his hopes sinking. 'Battleschool, Will? Don't you think you're... a little on the small side?' Will bit his lip..." (Flanagan, p.28)
The rising action deals with a series of events. First of all, Halt the ranger has asked the Baron to have Will as his apprentice. Will begins to train as a ranger; he learns high speed archery, silent moving, no handed horse riding, cooking small meals, and military tactics. Meanwhile, Horace learns to fight and experiences being bullied. A feast occurs where Will and Horace actually brawl. Weeks later, a boar hunt follows and the boys seal a great friendship by saving each others' lives. The major conflict of the story comes after this. Halt, Will's master, and Will go to a Gathering (a meeting of rangers where they exchange information from around the kingdom). Crowley, leader of the rangers learns that evil beasts known as Kalkara have crossed the mountains from which the evil Morgorath, an exiled baron resides. The Kalkara are assigned by Morgorath to kill military leaders who were key to Morgorath's own exile. Halt, Will, and a ranger named Gilan (Halt's former apprentice) go to track the Kalkara and kill them. Once they reach near the lair, Halt sends Will back to Redmont to bring the Baron and the Battlemaster, both accomplished warriors.
The climax starts with the return of Will. The trio come back just in time to save Halt from the two Kalkara. One beast is easily killed because Halt wounded it. The other Will kills with a fire arrow forty meters away.
The falling action begins with Gilan's return from a village. Will and the Battlemaster tend to the Baron's and Halt's injuries. A large feast is prepared by his friends at an inn for Will. After arriving at the castle, the Battlemaster and the Baron are happy to make Will a warrior because of his show of bravery.
Will resolution. The denouement includes a discussion between Will and Halt about Will's parentage and how he got to the castle's orphanage/ward.in his choice that he wants to remain a ranger. Halt officially gives him the bronze chain of apprenticeship. This is the
There are four main characters in this book; Will, Halt, Horace, and the Kalkara.
Will is the protagonist in the book. He is small and smart. He is always asking questions and obtaining information (important or not). He learns quick and has good ideas such as when he lured Tug with an apple, and when he shot a fire arrow at the Kalkara.
Halt is a grim and old ranger. His manner is discouraging. He, like Will, is small in stature. He is strong (showed by when he wounds Kalkara single-handedly and survives until Will arrives. He is very stealthy (demonstrated whe he reveals to Will that he was present during Will's thievery of cakes).
Horace, who is a type of sub-protagonist, starts out as a mean companion to Will. He sporadically picks on Will, but after weeks in Battleschool, he is disciplined and learns to respect others. He becomes a nicer and more reliable person and turns into Will's best friend.
The Kalkara don't have much characterization at all. They're just beasts who scream and murder who they're payed (with silver) to murder. They are the antagonists.
The green cloaks worn by Will and the rangers are symbols. Green symbolizes hope and comfort. The cloak's ability to camouflage with the surroundings gives will comfort to Will while he trains for stealth.
Also, cloaks themselves symbolize something. They symbolize the diverse personalities people can have. This is shown in the book. Will is a very cheerful and outgoing person; however, when he puts his ranger cloak on, he becomes focused and serious.
Another symbol from the book is the oak tree. The oak tree is the national tree of the kingdom Araluen. Oak trees symbolize strength. Redmont and the whole Kingdom is a strong nation.
Information (such as plot, main characters, mood, symbolism, foreshadowing/flashbacks, theme, and recommendations) on the sequel "The Burning Bridge" will be posted in the summer.
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