Questions tagged [literary-analysis]

Investigation of literary concepts such as plot, point of view, setting, characterization, imagery, etc. Evaluation of how they are used within the work and how the work is influenced by or reflects societal issues, religious themes, ideology, history or myth.

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Role and significance of Molly Grue

In Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn, I find the character of Molly Grue is something of a cipher. She seems to serve as a councilor and all-around wisewoman, but never seems to take an active role in ...
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What are the common themes present in both Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and Jordan's "Wheel of Time"?

This is probably going to be a rather detailed set of answers. Hopefully someone can come up with a "short list" of common themes. Both sets of books have a distinctive theme of good vs. evil, but ...
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What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature?

What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature? I will accepts answers pointing to myths ans sagas and such as well. Edit: For clarity, I'm asking about Liches as defined by Wikipedia: ...
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Symbolic Names of Characters in “Stranger in a Strange Land” (RAH)

In my copy of Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, there is an introduction written by his wife Virginia. She writes as follows: The given names of the chief characters have great importance to the ...
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