Legends of the Dark Crystal

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  • The Dark Crystal Film Analysis

    Predecessor to the 80’s cult classic, The Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal was legendary puppeteer Jim Henson’s first attempt at creating a fantasy motion picture filmed entirely with intricate animatronics and puppets. The film is complete with heroes, villains and the other main elements of fantastical narratives as described by Russian scholar and folklorist Vladimir Propp in his breakthrough work, Morphology of the Folktale, which states that there is a sequence of 31 functions — certain actions that a character fulfills in order to advance the plot towards the “happy ending” — that can be applied to any fairy tale narrative in any medium: literature, film, theatre, etc. Although at first glance, the Dark Crystal’s familiar fantasy narrative may seem like a textbook rendition of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Monomyth, subtle nuances in the narrative pattern — opposing Jungian character relationships and their intricate actions (Jen & Kira/ the Skeksis & Mystics) — more closely align and elevate a cinematic fairy tale such as Dark Crystal with Propp’s 31 functions even though a couple of these functions occur in a different order. For the most part, Propp’s 31 functions can be found in The Dark Crystal through various sorts of character actions, better suited to his predicted structures than Joseph Campbell’s. The film starts off with a narrator, who lets the audience know about the background and setting…

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  • Morgan Le Fay: The Medieval Story Of Morgan Le Fay

    Avalon is associated with Glastonbury Tor, which some legends say was once a magic island surrounded by water. Morgan is one of the three queens that takes King Arthur’s body to Avalon to heal. As a witch and healer, she is said to know the power of both healing and poisonous herbs. In Avalon, She presided over nine priestess’s who were prophetesses and healers. Avalon is known to have been an oracular center. Some believe that Avalon was a Druidic college for priestesses of women’s mysteries.…

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  • Breaking Bad: The Transformation Of Walter White

    Walter White is one of the main characters in the TV series Breaking Bad. In the first season, the character of Walter White undergoes a tremendous transformation. In general, the first season is about discovering how close Walter White can get to “Breaking Bad”. This growth and development of his character are critical because the life he embarks on is one that demands that he adapts to new traits to prosper and most importantly, to survive. For example, for the transformed from a poor…

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  • Sorcery And Magic Essay

    The belief that one can be present without the other is a falsehood as magic and sorcery are one and the same. Magic is believed to be holistic good for society as it is controlled by and individual to sway an outcome. While sorcery is based on the shadows, as “a morally ambiguous practice often considered a deviant act.” Sorcerers can use magic or sorcery if they are to be believed upon the definition itself a sorcerer like Merlin was holistic and legend wise used magic to create a better…

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  • Allurement In The Hobbit

    thrashing. ·: Wizards :· So shouldn 't something be said about these "wizards" in Tolkien 's stories? "Wizard" originates from "insightful" in addition to the postfix "- ard".2 As a "lush" is one who is portrayed by his ongoing tipsiness, so a "wizard" is one who is described by his frequent routine of mystery information. It implies one who has ownership of, and makes utilization of, high and uncommon information. In Celtic and German writing, it ordinarily applies to men who have…

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  • Covenant I Merrick Study Guide

    have to switch classes wakes me up, but this time I had really fallen asleep. Mrs. Moore woke me up hitting me in the head with ‘’the black hawk’’ a black ruler that she had since the ancient times. ‘’Time to go mister ’’ she said, and yea my name is Merrick Just like my dad but everyone calls me The Mist. I woke up and sprinted out of the classroom towards the elevator. I had lunch now and if I did not have the number 20th at least for the pudding I was going to starve till three o’clock that…

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  • Analysis Of Goldsteinism In 1984

    He turned a little sideways in his chair to drink his mug of coffee. At the table on his left the man with the strident voice was still talking remorselessly away. A young woman who was perhaps his secretary, and who was sitting with her back to Winston, was listening to him and seemed to be eagerly agreeing with everything that he said. From time to time Winston caught some such remark as 'I think you're so right, I do so agree with you', uttered in a youthful and rather silly feminine voice.…

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  • The Lotwell's Themes Of Snowball, By George Orwell

    grumble, for I am one of the lucky ones. I am twelve years old and have had over four hundred children. Such is the natural life of a pig. But no animal escapes the cruel knife in the end. You young porkers who are sitting in front of me, every one of you will scream your lives out at the block within a year. To that horror we all must come — cows, pigs, hens, sheep, everyone. Even the horses and the dogs have no better fate. You, Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose…

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  • A Short Story: A Partnership Is Formed?

    of sophistication. We need new ideas and different education. Maybe telling our children to strive to be good employees while also striving to own their own investment corporation is not such a bad idea. It is my hope as a mother that this book helps other parents. It is Robert's hope to inform people that anyone can achieve prosperity if they so choose. If today you are a gardener or a janitor or even unemployed, you have the ability to educate yourself and teach those you love to take care of…

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