The Fiction Genre And Will Cover Key Stage 2 And The Hobbit By J.r. R Tolkien

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The texts to be examined in this assignment are all from the Fantasy Fiction Genre and will cover Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 as these are both relevant to those covered within lectures. We will begin with Key Stage 2 and The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien looking for examples as to why this would be considered Key Stage Two. The same process will be followed with The Silmarillion by the same author for Key Stage 3. Once the key stages have been confirmed for each piece of literature we can then begin to compare the texts and determine what elements of each make them unsuitable for classification into alternative key stages. The results of such a comparison may show some unexpected and interesting results when taking the series as a whole and…show more content…
It is now listed as Key Stage 2 and for the purposes of this assignment we shall be examining the piece with this level in mind. It is essentially a simple story of a Hobbit who reluctantly undertakes a great adventure with a band of dwarves and a wizard to assist in the regaining of treasure lost to a dragon in times gone by. However, the trials faced during this journey and it’s descriptive manner mean that the book is far from simple at times and it would be fair to assume that this would place it at the higher end of Key Stage 2 readership, perhaps aged 10 to 11 as it is commonly accepted that children read books typically written approximately 2 years older than their own age. Using Christopher Booker’s theory of The Seven Basic Plots and taking each of the seven individually we see many examples of ‘Overcoming the monster’ including ‘The Call’ and ‘Initial success’ with lines such as ‘Bilbo Baggins was standing at his door after breakfast…Gandalf came by…Tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went’ (Tolkien, 1937, pp. 15) demonstrating the beginning of ‘The Call’ and ‘Would this be any good? asked Bilbo…he held out a largish key though no doubt William had thought it very small and secret. It must have fallen out of his pocket before he was turned to stone’ (Tolkien, 1937, pp. 50) showing the Hobbit’s initial success as a thief or burglar, the reason he was hired to be a part of
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