Monday, February 13, 2012
Editor's Pick -- The Last Unicorn: Part 2
The last half of the book includes the journey of Shmendrick the Magician, Molly, and the Unicorn as they seek the Red Bull's lair. They soon discover it under the castle of the evil King Haggard. During an attack by the Red Bull where he relentlessly pursues the Unicorn, she is cornered. Molly screams at Shmendrick to "Do something!" and he does. He turns the Unicorn into a woman. It's a blessing and a curse all at once. As the Unicorn, she didn't know human feelings. Things were more clear. She didn't know love but she also didn't know sadness or pain. Soon, she learns to feel all these things. Soon, she falls in love with the prince, an adopted son of the King, who falls head-over-heels for her instantly. But, as you can guess, their love is doomed. She tries to hide from her true self, the Unicorn, and wants to become human, mortal, forever. It is Shmendrick who reminds her of who she really is. Her human form is only able to fool the Red Bull for so long, though, and soon it comes for her. The Prince valiantly tries to protect her but he is injured. During the chase, Shmendrick is able to change her back to a Unicorn. The bittersweet ending is shown here (sorry for the echo-y sound): I really, really hope you all enjoyed this book (and/or movie). It's one I hope to share with my future kids someday too. :) This clip asks a good question: Is this story reinforcing gender roles or is it "subverting" them? What do you think?