A Dog 's Head By Jean Dutourd

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Identity is made up of a lot of different characteristics, which shape people’s personality, actions and morals. It is also a way of defining someone’s features, race, and ethnicity. Cambridge Dictionary defines identity as representing “who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others” (Cambridge Dictionary). An individual’s identity is not always static, rather as time goes on; people have diverse experiences that will influence identity. In fantasy novels, identity can be fluid, dualistic and fragmented. As a story goes on, it documents the evolution of a characters’ identity, and how these characters are often changed by their experiences. In the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, the main character Bilbo embarks on an adventure which expands his identity and knowledge in terms of what form of identity fits him best, either Took or Baggins. In the novel A Dog’s Head by Jean Dutourd, the main character Edmond, who has a body of a human and the head of a dog, goes through a constant struggle of whether to identify with the animal or human society. Identity is a central theme to fantasy because it is about overcoming obstacles, and to solidify who a character wants to be. Identity can be achieved and mystified in various ways. In The Hobbit, Bilbo identifies himself with his paternal side of his family, the Baggins that much like the characteristic of everyday Hobbits, are known to not break any boundaries or rules. Bilbo

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