Critical Essay by Jean Tobin SOURCE: "Werewolves and Unicorns: Fabulous Beasts in Peter Beagle's Fiction," in Forms of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Third International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature and Film, edited by Jan Hokenson and Howard Pearce, Greenwood Press, 1986, pp. 181-89. In the following essay, Tobin examines Beagle's use of myths about unicorns and werewolves in such works as The Last Unicorn and Lila the Werewolf. "Would you call this age a good one for unicorns?" asks the elder of two hunters riding through the first pages of Peter Beagle's Last Unicorn; "Times change," the other mutters.
In Gothic literature, places and settings are often both interesting and important; they may stand for certain themes, reflect certain attitudes or adhere to Gothic elements such as a fascination with the past or the presentation of the sublime. However, what is particularly interesting about the presentation of places is how setting is used to reflect and mirror characters, and vice versa. Therefore to suggest that one aspect is more interesting than the other is perhaps an unfair claim when the two co-operate in such a manner. Mary Shelley makes use of the sublime in her novel Frankenstein, and associates vast, natural landscapes with Victor, Walton and the creature, often to highlight the isolation of the characters. Victor mentions the “sublime shapes of the mountains” in the chapter before the creature kills Elizabeth on their wedding night.
Gothic Elements in Lady Oracle It’s not difficult to recognize a gothic novel because of their distinct literary elements. They are often filled with castles, ruins, and vast mysterious landscapes. Each character follows a very specific archetype, such as the damsel in distress or the villain, and drama increases as the reader follows them through their dark, often stormy, journey. In Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle, the traditional elements of gothic literature are prominent. Moreover, with its gothic sense of space, supernatural events, and damsel in distress/hero/villain archetypes, Lady Oracle is a successful example of a gothic novel.
The story is told by the main protagonist Yorick. This makes the story a lot more personal as you are taken through events with the same emotions and opinions as this man. He appears to be reliable as nothing is too extreme or descriptive in order for the reader to question anything. This romantic novel, similar to ‘The Magic Toyshop’, has a stream of consciousness. Both of these contrast with the dual narrative in Wuthering Heights.
In Lord of the Rings this character is Gandalf. The main character always need a adviser because he is unexperience or less experienced. The adviser tryes to prevent the main character is ambitious, rebellious, weak or ignorant. Later , it can be a nobilty. A noble princess can be saved by a hero.
“Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” ‘Fantasy’ is a genre that uses magic and supernatural as a basic element of plot, theme and setting. Most of fantasy works have their setting in fictional world where magic is common, as we can see in the two novels, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter.” They both are fantasy fictions. Anyway, there are some similarities and differences between the two which I am going to point out. “Alice in Wonderland” was written by the British author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson or Lewis Carroll. The story tells the adventure of a young girl, Alice, in a wonderful land by accident.
Not only could readers see Batrthelme numbered each fragmentation, but readers also found the peculiarity of the short fiction's structure which readers did not see before. The second obvious characteristic of literary postmodernism in "The Glass Mountain" was blurring genres. Barthelme mixed medieval chivalric romance and fairy tales together; therefore, readers could not tell that the accurate genres of "The Glass Mountain." For example, Barthelme adapted a Polish fairy tales which was collected by Hermann Kletke and then Barthelme mixed the medieval "knight in full armor--one horse's hoof strike fiery sparks from the sides of the mountain" and "a beautiful princess" (SS, 65) together to create the blurring genres of "The Glass Mountain." The third obvious reason that "The Glass Mountain" was a postmodern fiction was because readers could see collages in a
Harry’s life with the Dursleys is an unhappy and unpleasant one, and at the beginning of the novel, he has long ago lost any hope that his circumstances will ever change. The only bright thing in his future is the prospect of attending a separate high school from his bullying cousin Dudley. When Hagrid comes to find Harry and tells him that he is a wizard, Harry only briefly doubts what he tells him, and is soon very trusting and curious about
However, Luis Leal feels that magical realism is used to express emotions. While reading these essays and finding some research on magical realism, I found that many people have many different views on what magical realism is. By doing research, I have found that it can mean many different things, and it is exciting to learn about something as interesting as magical realism is. Learning about magical realism has been very interesting for me. When reading Franz Roh, I learned a lot about Post- Expressionism and Expressionism.
Fiction for children is a means to encourage reading and understanding, as well as an avenue to open and broaden their imagination. There are many genres of fiction and their titles are Modern Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Realistic Fiction, each providing children and young readers with the tools needed to delve into worlds of make-believe or to experience past or future events through characters on a page. There are many reasons why fiction holds the appeal of children and writers of such material are often listed on “Best Sellers Top Lists”, as the written fiction word can create avenues for escape. Modern Fantasy is fiction that can almost be seen as real. This type of fiction has books that create new worlds, experiences, events and characters that cannot be found in the real world, but they still have a hold on reality that almost brings life to them.