The Lord Of The Rings Essay

828 Words May 9th, 2015 4 Pages
“There are transitional forms between the metals and non-metals; between chemical combinations and simple mixtures, between animals and plants, between phanerogams and cryptogams, and between mammals and birds [...]. The improbability may henceforth be taken for granted of finding in Nature a sharp cleavage between all that is masculine on the one side and all that is feminine on the other; or that any living being is so simple in this respect that it can be put wholly on one side, or wholly on the other, of the line.” ― Otto Weininger. Masculinity is often seen as one side of the spectrum of gender identity, with men always masculine and females always feminine and opposition to that is deemed “unnatural”. Mimetic Patterns of Masculinity or Just Another Fantasy Book by Beatriz Dominguez Ruiz communicates the significance of this theme in the Lord of the Rings. She addresses how the different variations of masculinity arise in the Lord of the Rings and how it intimately connects with Tolkien’s life. She explicitly examines how Tolkien’s personal life resonates in the novel and in his characters, and if he could possibly be considered the beginning of the representation of varying degrees of masculinity found in modern day fiction writing. As the article progresses, the author concludes that since Tolkien was born in the 19th century, a period where women remained mostly at home, he was constantly involved in homosocial groups, which allowed him to observed the…

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