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Final Paper and Works Cited - Malloy 1 More Fact than...

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Malloy 1 More Fact than Fiction: Redwall Society Everyone on Earth can be categorized as a specific type of person. Whether they are the strong leader, the comic relief, or the antagonist, every single person fits into a role. The role that one fills, though, depends upon the point of view and can change drastically if observed from a different perspective. These various open-ended roles that everyone fits into are known as archetypes. For example, archetypes are what cause a person to imagine an old man with crazy white hair maniacally laughing whilst standing over a beaker of bubbling substance, when they hear the words ‘mad scientist.’ Not only does everyone fit into an archetype, but everyone creates and uses them almost daily. Those people that make a living out of doing this are often known as authors. Brian Jacques is one such person. This Liverpool native is the creator of the Mossflower Woods and the Redwall Abbey. Throughout his Redwall book series, and more specifically Mossflower , Jacques recounts the adventures of the human-like inhabitants of his imaginary world. Despite the fact that every character Jacques creates is some type of woodland creature that is “true first and foremost to [its] animal nature,” he manages to draw the reader into the novel and connect reader to creature (Major Authors and Illustrators par. 7). It is only through the
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Malloy 2 use of archetypes that Jacques is capable of doing this. By implementing archetypal characters, Brian Jacques’s Mossflower creates a microcosmic human society composed of unique animal characters. These characters do not only act like humans, but their societies are also faced with many situations similar to those of human societies. The Redwall communities face numerous real-life situations and problems that have serious consequences (St. James Fantasy Writers par. 4). Each day in the life of one of Jacques’s characters usually presents a new obstacle that must be overcome. Whether these situations are self-invoked or environmental, they always present the animals with new problems that cannot be dismissed. One direct result of all the hardships faced is camaraderie. The only way for these small, gentle creatures to overcome their problems is through teamwork and cooperation. Unfortunately, there are those problems that cannot be solved by the woodland creatures. One such problem is that of the predators. As long as there are larger carnivores in the wild, there will be a constant threat and feeling of endangerment for the smaller creatures. Throughout Mossflower , Jacques addresses, and overcomes, each of these threats by implementing his archetypal characters. From the onset, Mossflower presents numerous hardships to its characters. The initial focus is on the Stickles, a family
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Malloy 3 of hedgehogs. The Stickles are taking refuge in their homes during a harsh winter with little rations, when the problem is amplified (Jacques 6). A band of weasels steals what little food the family has, leaving them with little hope to survive
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