"Making the Darkness Conscious": The Lord of the Rings

I figured I'd post some food for thought! I was reading the article that Garrison handed out last time - the Lord of the Rings article. There is some good stuff in it. First off, though, remember that I (and most of us) have never gotten to the very end of the trilogy - I, at least, speak from the movies. Perhaps the ending was depicted differently in the movie. Here's a jump-off quote from the article:

"[Mount Doom] is...where [Frodo] will face the gravest challenge of all: the danger of physical and psychic ruin if he refuses to part with the Ring at the last moment."

This is true - the reader/audience waits for the moment, when Frodo is about to make the final decision. And, lo and behold, he chooses to keep the Ring for himself. Hopefully, I am undisputed so far. Gollum then makes his appearance after Sam looks especially sad, and then Frodo and Gollum wrestle about, and finally, both go off the edge, and Gollum falls into the fires of Mount Doom, leaving Frodo dangling. Here is what I wish to point out: Frodo never made the conscious decision to let the Ring go; he never chose to destroy it. Accident chose to sacrifice Gollum in the destruction of the Ring; it easily could have taken Frodo instead. They both wanted the Ring; Frodo fought with anger and greed, not righteous bravery.

The article talks about how "power cannot defeat power. Only the abandonment of power can truly defeat power. Might does not make right and never will." Frodo, however, did not abandon power. He wanted it just as Gollum did at those last moments - they became truly equal at the last moment. They truly became each other’s Shadows - doppelgangers - and one of them died.

Here is where I inevitably pull in the Heart of Darkness twist. In order for Frodo to overcome the Shadow he had hanging over - and leading - him through the entire journey, he had to let go of everything and become the Shadow itself. It then became a physical contest of power between Frodo and his Shadow.

I hope this was a good start. Ready, set, debate!
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Finally, a place where I can discuss the Pern books and not be accused of being a geek by my friends by joing an official Pern community. Not that there's anything wrong with being a geek or anything and I guess my friends shouldn't talk since many of them are crazy about Harry Potter or anime but ... Hi, I'm Kerri, and I'm a Class A Designated Bookworm, closet fantasy and sci-fi nut, lover of most things literary, and tortured Ap English student. I swear to God we read the crappiest stuff in that class. I love Pern, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, The Dark is Rising, the Brainship books (also by Anne McCaffrey), and pretty much everything by Madeleine L'engle, L.M. Montgomery, and various authors of the stereotypical teen girl romance book. I read A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Yellow Wallpaper in my eighth-grade English class and love them. I also love talking books so let's get the discussion rolling shall we?
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Book List

I'll mark this as a community memory and put it in our userinfo as well for fast access. Thanks, Kendra, for alphabetizing it. ^_^

1984 (L)
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (short story?)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (G)(K)(R)
A Separate Peace(C)
Alice in Wonderland (G)
All the Weyrs of Pern (G)
Anna Karenina (G)
Anthem (R)(C)(G)(K)
Antigone (L)
Beloved (L)
Blood of the Fold (G)(K)(C)
Clan of the Cave Bear (L)
Crime and Punishment(R)
Cry to Heaven (G)(R)
Dragon Song (G)(R...)
Dragonflight (G)(K)(R)
Dragonquest (G)(R...)
Dragonsdawn (G)(R...)
Embers (L)
Fahrenheit 451(K)(G)(R)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (L)
Fight Club (G)(C)
Girl Interrupted(G)
Great Expectations (L)
Hard Times (L)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)
Heart of Darkness (L)
Interview with the Vampire (G)(K)(R)(L)
Jane Eyre (L)
Les Miserables (L)
Lolita (G)(L)
Lord of the Flies (G)(K)(R)(L)
Macbeth (G)(K)(R)
Medea (L)
Moreta (G)(R...)
Much Ado About Nothing (G)(L)
Oedipus at Colonus (L)
Oedipus Rex(R)(L)(G)(K)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (G)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (L)
Pandora (G)(L)
Picture of Dorian Gray (G)(L)
Pride and Prejudice (L)
Prince Caspian (G)(R...)
Queen of the Damned (G)(L)
Romeo + Juliet (G)(K)(R)(L)
Snow Falling on Cedars (G)(K)(R)
Stone of Tears (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)
Tale of the Body Thief (G)(L)
Temple of the Winds (G)(K)(C)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (G)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (L)
The Amber Spyglass(R)(C)(G)
The Awakening (L)
The Bell Jar (G)(L)
The Catcher in the Rye(K)(R)
The Drawing of the Three (L)
The Fellowship of the Ring (L)(K)
The Golden Compass(R)(C)(L)(G)
The Great Gatsby (G)(K)(R)(L)
The Gunslinger (L)(G)
The Handmaid's Tale (G)
The Hobbit (L)
The Horse and His Boy (G)
The Importance of Being Ernest (L)
The Jungle(R)(L)
The Lady with the Dog (short story)
The Last Battle (G)
The Last Days of Summer (L)
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (G)(K)(R...)(L)
The Magician's Nephew (G)
The Masterharper of Pern (G)
The Metamorphosis (L)
The Rivals (L)
The Scarlet Letter (L)
The Shining (L)
The Silence of the Lambs (G)(C)
The Silver Chair (G)
The Subtle Knife (R)(C)(L)(G)
The Tell-Tale Heart (G)
The Things They Carried(K)
The Vampire Armand (G)(L)
The Vampire Lestat (G)(K)(R)(L)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (G)(R...)
The Wasteland (L)
The White Dragon (G)(R...)
The World That Trade Created...heh heh...(R)(K)(G)
The Yellow Wallpaper (L)
Through the Looking Glass (G)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (L)
Wide Sargasso Sea (L)
Wizard's First Rule (G)(K)(R)(C)(L)

To add further books as you read them, just leave a comment saying "I read the Scarlet Letter, so add my name to it" or something along those lines. You don't have to copy and paste the whole list again. ^_^;
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