questions to think about while you watch the play

  • What does it mean to be a goblin? Do you think it is a good thing? Why or why not?

  • Rownie’s personality starts to change throughout the play. How does he grow up and develop over the course of the story? How does his personal growth advance the plot towards a resolution?

  • What is Thomas and Semele’s relationship with Rownie like? How does meeting the troupe shape Rownie’s personality throughout the novel?

  • Why do you think Rowan’s “change” transforms Rownie?

  • What impact does the Mayor have on the story? What is his purpose?

  • How is the mood at the beginning of the story different from the mood at the end of the story? Does the play end with a positive or negative resolution?

  • Make a prediction about what would happen next in the story. Do you think Rownie will stay with the troupe? Why or why not?


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A goblin is a monstrous creature from European folklore, first attested in stories from the Middle Ages. They are ascribed various and conflicting abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin. They are almost always small and grotesque, mischievous or outright malicious, and greedy, especially for gold and jewelry. They often have magical abilities similar to a fairy or demon.
— Wikipedia
Goblins deserve more respect. For centuries they’ve been accused of stealing children, building secret underground cities, hoarding riches, and conducting all sorts of sneaky, nefarious business. It’s all slander, meant to malign them and justify treating them badly.
— William Alexander


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