Comparing The Dragon Slaying: The Fifty-First Dragon

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Shot Put and Dragon Slaying The differences and similarities between the knight school and Jenison High are as obvious as the comparisons and contrasts of the students. At the knight school a scholar might study wizard literature, whereas here in Jenison, we study american literature and modern literature. “The Fifty-first Dragon” by Heywood Broun highlighted the exuberant character Gawaine le Coeur-Hardy, and revealed many traits of his personality. Like the curriculum of our schools, Gawaine and my differences shine evident. Gawaine and I differ in terms of arrogance and intelligence, but we are similar in terms of athletic ability. The first major difference between Gawaine and me is arrogance. For example, his arrogant nature shined…show more content…
In the very beginning of The Fifty-first Dragon, I immediately witnessed Gawaine’s ignorance. He blatantly refused to joust with the other students, and when it was explained to him that they were only ponies and were padded, he still wouldn’t comply. He didn’t understand that there wasn’t a risk to the exercise. Someone of basic intelligence would attempt to accept the facts, but not Gawaine. A large factor in Gawaine’s stupidity is his forgetfulness. For example, it took him over an hour to remember a single word, “rumplesnitz.” When he was in the office with the headmaster, he requested for an enchanted cap to make him invisible. The headmaster, baffled by Gawaine’s absurd request, responded that there is no such thing as an enchanted cap. Another prime example, lingered at the end of the story when he continually used incorrect grammar after he discovered “rumplesnitz,” was a hoax. “‘Like a egg shell,’ assented Gawaine, and he said it many times. All through the evening meal people who sat near him heard him muttering, ‘Like a egg shell, like a egg shell.’” The mere fact that he believed there existed such thing as a magic word showed his ignorance, and “a egg shell,” does not make grammatical sense. In contrast, I believe my intelligence glistens compared to Gawaine’s. I attempt to study hard every night and try my best on my homework, and, generally, I speak with correct grammar. For example, when a test is assigned, I always make flashcards to accompany the criterium. Last year, my flashcards for American Literature earned me a 100 percent on the exam. If that doesn’t prove intelligence, I don’t know what would. Gawaine and I differ greatly in

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