CP English 12
December 21 2011
J.R.R. Tolkien Theme of Good Versus Evil
The theme of good versus evil has been around since the beginning of time. Everyone has heard, seen or listened to at least one good verse evil story. Good versus evil is seen in most of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. He portrays typical struggles in these fictional stories. He uses this theme most noticeably in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Hobbit.
One example of the theme of good versus evil in The Lord of The Rings is expressed through the never-ending struggle in the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien sets the story with a lovable small character by the name of Frodo. Frodo is a hobbit from Shire. A hobbit is a character created by Tolkien that possesses a very small human form along with rabbit like qualities. They are characterized by sociability, domesticity and a peaceful nature. Hobbits symbolize much of the good in the story. Frodo inherits the infamous ring from his uncle Bilbo. The ring is where all the evil lies. The ring having an evil power to the beholder has the ability to posses everyone and everything that comes into contact with it. If the beholder loses the ring they must begin a quest to recover the ring. A quest, by definition has to be unsafe. Evil comes into play to make the quest risky, terrifying and extremely dangerous. Frodo and his friends go on a long journey to destroy the ring. They meet many matches and face many challenging obstacles. They even lose friends in fights along the way. In the end, Frodo and his friends that represent the good finally destroy the ring in representation of evil.
Another example of the theme of good versus evil in The Lord of the Rings is how it relates to real life. Tolkien is speaking from lived experience about “how the world works” (Frodo Lives 1 of 1). Good guys make bad choices as well as bad guys make good choices (Frodo Lives 1 of 1). “The line between good and evil runs through the human heart” says Thomas Shippey...
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