Thread: Climax, and anti climax
The second climax (just making sure) is the Battle of Five armies, sorry for the inconvieniance, but 100's are good!
" ... And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom."
"... And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom."
Tell that to my chemistry and physics teachers. Why do we need to know about molecules and atoms and other such hoobalahooba?
Anyways, according to me, The Battle of the Five Armies and the death of Thorin Oakenshield is the climax. The slaying of Smaug is just like a diversionary tactic used to digress the readers. And then, the battle of the Five Armies is built up on the death of Smaug because Tolkien had to put the armies of Elves, Men and Dain Ironfoot's fighters into play.
I think the final climax in The Hobbit was Bilbo's homecoming where he found an auction taking place in which his cousins were selling off all his worldly goods.
I loved that part, it was very entertaining and especialy that the bul-bagginses didn't want to believe he was alive
When teachers force students to analyze The Hobbit, all its magic is lost in a cloud of terminology.
But there is a kind of analyzing that's not forced upon students in schools. A kind of sorting through, a thoughtful pondering, a meditating on the words and plots and poetry, an appreciating of the small things in each chapter, which is not "breaking" a thing to find out what it is.
Let us not forget that even if breaking a thing to find out what it is is horrid, the actual 'finding out of what a thing is' is NOT a horrid thing, it's actually a good idea that can lead to enjoying the thing better, loving it better.
I think teachers and school curriculums "force" analysis because there IS good in knowing a story and a person's writing better than most people understand it on a first reading. The final goal is good; the methodology is not so great, and often leads to the wrong end (which is that students dislike reading, instead of enjoy it!).