The Hobbit By J. R. Tolkien, The Magician 's Nephew And The Wardrobe

2320 Words Apr 14th, 2016 10 Pages
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis and the first two Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling have a multitude of complex characters for and against the quest’s in their texts. Northrop Frye’s “The Mythos of Summer: Romance.” outlines how he believes what a character’s traits are based on their position on the quest. Frye claims that, “Characters tend to be either for or against the quest. If they assist it they are idealized as simply gallant or pure; if they obstruct it they are caricatured as simply villainous or cowardly” (195). In Tolkien’s, Lewis’s and Rowling’s texts the characters for the quest are not pure. Each character from the quest has at least one fault that characterizes that character to be impure. While most of the impure actions happened for good reasons the characters has still become impure. Also, the characters that are against the quest are not as horrible as Frye would characterize the characters to be. Each character has their own reason to reject the quest but the character’s reasons are not all cowardly or villainous. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is another of Rowling’s texts that display how characters against the quest are not necessarily villainous. It is through these complex characters that the moral arises out of the texts. As Lewis states in “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” “The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole…

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