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2010
Humanities30
Erin Peck
[CONFUSION, FRUSTRATION
AND DIFFERENCES]
[Type the abstract of the documenthere.The abstractis...
Erin Peck Humanities 2010-03-24
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In PeterJackson’sfilm, TheLord of theRings: Return of the King,he usesmanydifferent...
Erin Peck Humanities 2010-03-24
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Most of the confusionandfrustrationtheyare facedwithcomesfromone source, Sméagol,
w...
Erin Peck Humanities 2010-03-24
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because he knowsthatSam will needtobe there inthe endto save himfrometernal darknes...
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Critical Analytical Essay March 24, 2010

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Critical Analytical Essay March 24, 2010

  1. 1. 2010 Humanities30 Erin Peck [CONFUSION, FRUSTRATION AND DIFFERENCES] [Type the abstract of the documenthere.The abstractistypicallyashort summaryof the contentsof the document.Type the abstract of the documenthere.The abstract istypicallyashortsummaryof the contentsof the document.]
  2. 2. Erin Peck Humanities 2010-03-24 Page 2 In PeterJackson’sfilm, TheLord of theRings: Return of the King,he usesmanydifferent characters to create and demonstrate hisideasof how individualsstruggle torestore honour and certainty.These charactersshowthe viewerthatindividualsstruggledue tooutside forces,butalso withinthemselves,agoodexampleof thiscontrollingideaisBoromir,whoconstantlystrugglesto restore hishonourwithinhimself,andfromhisfather.Jacksonalsodemonstrateshow individuals struggle torestore theirhonourandcertaintyusingthe hobbits,SamandFrodo,who we findcontinuing theirjourneytoMount Doom,withthe “help”of Sméagol,todestroythe Ring. These three characters showus the struggle betweenanindividual againstoutsideforces,whichcause themtostruggle against themselvesaswell,inthe factthattheybecomesconfused,frustratedaswell aswithdifference amongstand individual andthose aroundthem. PeterJacksonalsousesSam and Frodo as strongexamplestodevelophisideasaboutindividuals strugglingtorestore honourandcertainty.Frodoisundoubtedlythe maincharacterof the plot,buthe isnot leftwithouthisbestfriend, Sam,whostayswith himthe entire quest,evenafterhe realizesthat theyare goingto meettheircertaindeath. Frodo’smainstruggle isagainstthe Ringandhow ittriesto take overand control hismind. Sam strugglestohangon to hisinternal honourandstaywithFrodo, protectinghishonourandcertaintyas well. Sam’sinternal honourwill be restoredbyhisabilitytosave Frodofrom the powerof the Ring. Once Frodoand Sam reachMordor, there isno certaintyanylonger. Theyhave no ideawhethertheywillmake ithome alive ornot,buttheystill are willingtorisktheirlives to protecttheirhonourfromwhichtheyhave encompassedsince receivingthisquesttodestroythe Ringand save Middle Earth. Withthe helpof Sam he is able tofinishthe questbutnotwithoutmany obstaclestryingtogetin the way. As the pair overcome obstaclestogether,theybothstruggle individuallywithconfusion,frustration,anddifferences.
  3. 3. Erin Peck Humanities 2010-03-24 Page 3 Most of the confusionandfrustrationtheyare facedwithcomesfromone source, Sméagol, whoagreedto leadSamand Frodo through Mordor to Mount Doomand is notwhat he appearsto be. We are ledto thinkthat Sméagol ishonestandtrustworthy,unlike the otherside of him, Golem,but that isnot the case,many times Sméagol triestoleadthe twothroughdangerand evenplotsagainst them. Sméagol cansee that withoutSam, Frodowouldnotbe able to carry the weightof the Ring,and that itspowerswouldcause Frodoto fail. SambecomesfrustratedwithFrodobecause itseemsthathe isbeginningtotrustSméagol more thanSam. Duringmany casesof thishappening Sméagol hasdone somethingtoframe Sam, whichmakeshimlooklike atraitorto the trio. Sméagol alsomanagesto convince Frodoto believe thatSamisplottingagainst himandFrododemandsthatSam leave.Sam knowsthat Sméagol islying,butstill walksawayfromFrodoconfusedbywhatto do.Afterthishappens, and Sam discoversthe truth, he returnstoFrodo andexplainswhatreallyhappened. Frodoiswillingto bringSam back so easilybecause he knowsthe powerof the Ringandthat Sméagol isinhisown struggle againstthe powerof the Ringas well,because the Ringusedtobe hisand hisisstill pulledtoit. As theymove closertoMount Doomand the originof the Ringit becomesheavierandpullsmore on those that are underits power,whichfor Sméagol meansthathe beginstowantit back evenmore,and he can see howweakitismakingFrodo,and how hard he is havingtostruggle withit. Differencescause the twotostruggle as well,becauseSamwantsmore thananythingto help Frodo,and helpcarry the load,buthe cannot.The powerof the Ringis toostrong and Frodoknowsthat he needsSamto be free fromit,inorderto finishthe quest.Atone pointFrododoesconsidergi vingthe Ringto Sam evenfora short while,buthe pullsbackbecause he knowsexactlywhatwill happen.Both wouldfall underthe powerof the Ringandthe needforbothof them, alongwiththe mischievous effortsfromSmeagol,woulddrive themapartand theywouldfail the quest. Frodohastocarry the load inorder to hangonto the threadsof certaintyhe has inhis bestfriend.He needsSamtostayfree
  4. 4. Erin Peck Humanities 2010-03-24 Page 4 because he knowsthatSam will needtobe there inthe endto save himfrometernal darknessand despair. Itishard for Sam to acceptthisbut he doesunderstandwhyhe cannothelpFrodo. AnothercharacterwhichPeterJacksonusestoshow how individualsstruggle isBoromirwhois inan ongoingefforttryingtoconvince hisfather,Denethor,thathe is a worthyandhonorable member of the family,andthathe can take hisfather’splace ishe isto die.Boromir,whotriedtodo and good thingto prove himself tohisfather,bybringingthe Ring, Sméagol,FrodoandSamto him, butendedup losinghisbrotherFaramirin a battle againstthe Orcs. Thisdidnot helphissituationatall.Itonlycaused hisfatherto disapprove of himevenmore;enoughforhisfathertobelieve thathisfamilyline wasover and there wasabsolutelynohope foritto continue onwards.Againinthe Return of theKing, we find that Gondoris goingto be attackedby Sauron’s Armyonce again andtheyare preparingforbattle.Itis up to Denethortorallyupthe menof the city and getthemto defendit,butas the momentcomes Denethor’sweakness prevailsandhe runsfor cover. Atthis pointDenethorhasdecidedthatall islost and he is goingtodie so he setsup a pyre,for whichhe and Boromirwill bothburnon.It seemsthatall hope isgone,and thatBoromir haslostin his struggle toregainhishonour,because Boromiriscaptured by the guardsand placedon the pyre unconscious. Like Sam andFrodo,Boromir struggleswithhonourandcertaintybecause of frustration, confusionanddifferences. Hisfatherbeingthe maincause of all the lattertraitswhichleadhimtorisk hislife,inordertoprotect himself,hishonourandhiscertainty. SamandFrodo appearto struggle againstall evil,fromthe unrulyactsof Sméagol tothe powerof the Ring andeverythinginbetween. PeterJacksonusesthese charactersto develophisideas aboutanindividual’sstruggletorestore honour and certaintywithinthemselvesagainstoutside forces.

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