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An Analysis of The Hobbit, an Innovative Fantasy by J.R.R Tolkien
The Tertiary Tolkien (Psychological Criticism) J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit coalesces the concept of one’s comfort zone—and the risks that must be taken not only to escape from, but also expand upon it. The protagonist, Bilbo, appears irked when offered the chance of adventure, but later is shaped by an experience he neve...
The Cost of a Good Life in The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, a Short Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
People make choices based on what they believe will ultimately lead to their own personal happiness. This ‘good life’ so to speak is the driving force of our daily routines, whether or not we are consciously aware it. This conception of the good life, though subjective by nature, requires permission from society for a perso...
A Character Analysis of Twoflower by Terry Pratchett
Twoflower, the Bright and Colorful Tourist Terry Pratchett’s novel, The Color of Magic, is about the wild adventures of Rincewind and Twoflower in the Disc World, a place filled with magical but yet deadly creatures. One of my favorite characters in the novel is Twoflower, who is very curious and adventurous tourist who ne...
The Revolt of Lyssa
Industrialization Fantasy Story: In the middle of the world lies the country of Lyssa. Up until the year 3465(no AD or BC) nobody knew about Lyssa as it was quiet in foreign affairs. But by the end of the century, everyone knew about Lyssa. Due to the country’s expansive swamplands, the people were forced to farm on smal...
The Metaphor of the Game of Tic-Tac-Toe in China Mieville's Perdido Street Station
In China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station, what is the metaphor behind the game of tic-tac-toe played between the Weaver and the dead malitiaman on page 590? This moment is strange, out of place, and almost unnecessary on the surface, except to contribute to the strangeness of the Weaver’s character. One of this moment’...
A Character Analysis of Ser Duncan the Tall in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
George RR Martin is known for his gritty, realistic character driven plots in the A Song of Ice and Fire series he penned. All the characters have flaws, are skeptical, and die— all realistic. However, a large part of his storytelling involves the citizens of Westeros portraying themselves as cynical as to whether the class...
A Review of George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin is the second book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. Renly Baratheon— the late king Robert Baratheon’s youngest brother— declared himself king of the seven kingdoms, at the urging of his future wife at the time, Margaery Tyrell. Later, Stannis Baratheon also—the middle child in the...
The Character of Coyote in Barry Lopez's Interpretation of Coyote Finishes His Work
“Coyote Finishes His Work,” as interpreted by Barry Lopez from Nez Perce tradition, is an oral tradition that represents the two sided nature of human thought and our relation to non-human characters. Coyote, our protagonist in this traditional story, is a mischievous, but kind, creature that “taught the people how to eat a...
The Power of a Name in Chapters 9-12 of the Fellowship of the Ring, a Novel by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of The Ring Chapters 9-12 Summary: In these four chapters, the fellowship is starting to increase in numbers and become more solidified. Strider, a wanderer among the northern lands, is introduced and is found to be friends with Gandalf and also know much about the ring. After an incident in which Frodo u...
An Analysis of the Effects of Dracula's Behavior on Mina and Lucy
Desires of The Mind Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, is a novel that exemplifies the psychological themes of the unconsciousness. Developed by Sigmund Freud, the id is the level of the human psyche that is not seen or directly understood. It is the unconscious level that reveals fears, violent motives, irrational wishes an...