Comparative Essay - "The Hobbit" vs "Frankenstein"

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Through evolution man developed language to ensure that humans can communicate with one another. After thousands of years of oral communication people began writing things down. In today's world we have billions of books, magazines, texts, and pieces of literature to learn from and be entertained. One of the best parts about being an author is that there are no limits and few boundaries. Thanks to authors with imagination, we are opened up to a world of fantasy. We are brought to places that don't exist anywhere but on paper. Good authors, who bring readers to places that are imaginative yet believable, and have the ability to make fantasy writing so incredibly vivid are rare. In J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit, we are introduced to a whole new world called Middle Earth. In this new world where humans live, they share the world with fantasy creatures such as hobbits, elves, dwarves, dragons, wargs, goblins and trolls.

Each inhabitant of Middle Earth has different characteristics, appearances, and behaviour. Similarly, in Mary Shelly's novel, Frankenstein, we are introduced to the fantasy creature, Frankenstein. Using Frankenstein, a very hideous and disfigured creature, Shelly shows the readers the world's cruel but harsh treatment towards people who are different or stand out. Both Shelly and Tolkien use the physical attribution and behaviours of a character to convey intellectual and moral qualities of selfishness, power, and ugliness.

Both Shelly and Tolkien use the physical attribution and behaviours of a character to convey the intellectual and moral qualities of selfishness. Selfishness is a characteristic any human can acquire, and is not something a person should be proud of. In The Hobbit, the dwarves reveal just how greedy they can become. Towards the end of the novel, the

narrator describes Thorin's greedy response to one of...