Saturday, February 25, 2017

Week 6:A Rich Fantasy Life

Prompt:Discuss how the work you read for this week reflects or doesn't reflect elements of the classic journey of the hero. 

Since i've decided to read the hobbit , were gonna dive right in and discuss how Tolkiens' work depicts or reflects the classic journey of a hero . Although the domineering theme in this story is the quest, were only going to touch on it for a moment. The first is  the journey plot structure , thus developing novelty and suspense. The second would be character development, the physical aspect of the journey standing as a metaphor for the personal growth of the protagonist. Lets begin our journey:  there is the call to adventure , where all of the dwarves arrive in bilbos home  uninvited by the host and propose a journey to reclaim their land. Bilbo denies the contract offered and sends them along their way, later to uptake the offer and join the group on their way to defeat smaug and reclaim the mountain side. Along the way he learns the trust the dwarves and Gandolf in order to complete the trek and forms close bonds with them all i their own unique ways. He forms an especially close bond with Thorin Oakensheild. After encountering many obstacles and loosing many of his friends/ comrades , they rebuild ties with old alliances and regain their land.  Next we have the resurrection;  At the climax, the hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home.  He is purified by a last sacrifice, another moment of death and rebirth, but on a higher and more complete level.  By the hero’s action, the polarities that were in conflict at the beginning are finally resolved. And finally the return home, returning to their starting point or even continuing on their journey with a treasure for their troubles that has changed their character in some progressive form. 

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