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Kelsi McDougle Rhetoric II Research Paper Proposal For my research paper on The Lord of the Rings , I will be focusing on the presence, influence, and behaviors of trees in the different forests. Nature resumes a vital role throughout the story as it provides challenges that the Company must overcome as well as a reason for saving Middle-earth. Tolkien repeatedly idealizes nature, for example with his descriptions of Lothlórien and when he praises the aesthetic practices of the Elves. Trees frequently reappear as important members of nature, but they often display characteristics reflective of the mortals. Exploring the theme relating to the role of trees in the story will help readers understand The Lord of the Rings because it will provide insight into the mind and values of Tolkien, and how he incorporates dilemmas of the real world into the conflicts within the story. Also, the trees
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Unformatted text preview: emphasize the importance of nature to the Company’s chance of victory because, not only does the Company fight for the creatures of Middle-earth, but they fight to preserve the beauty of the nature. By better understanding Tolkien’s intentions with the various trees and the different characteristics associated with them, a reader will better understand the nature of many of the conflicts within the book as well as Tolkien’s environmental vision. From this broad theme of natures and trees, I plan to consider various sub-themes. The different abilities of the trees play a key role in how they influence the Company. Some of the trees can talk, others can move, and some contain different appearances than others. Another sub-theme from this topic deals with the specific influences the various trees have on the Company at different parts of their journey....
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