Fantasy Novels in the Post-War Era
The English prose writing in the aftermath of World War II was dominated by a variety of new styles of writing. (Farlex 7) There was also a stronger connection to different religions and social issues instead of the previous literature with political issues. (English Literature After 1945) The literature of the post-war era was influenced by WWII and inspired fantasy novels with a new breed of hero, evidence of fear in reality and an escape from the horrors of real-life events. Two very popular fantasy series came from this time period, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The mystic and magic in these series set the stepping stones for future fantasy novels such as Harry Potter. (Posner 23)
The heroes in fantasy novels are not always clearly stated. The idea of a hero has changed from the archetype warrior of ancient times to new breed of hero after the war and in modern times. (Heros and Heroines,1) The hero was not expected to complete their task which is reflecting real life Britain trying to defeat the Nazi powers. (2) Winston Churchill is considered a hero to some as he was a politician who was able to rally the troops and help defeat Germany and save his country. (2) He is a different kind of hero and different kinds of heroes are evident in J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. In the book Sam is a hero as he provides psychological strength to Frodo in the quest to destroy the ring. (Posner 18) Without this unlikely hero the task would have not been completed and Middle Earth would have been destroyed. This new breed of hero emerged after the Second World War as authors could possibly be inspired by stories of soldiers’ bravery.
Fear is a strong theme throughout The Lord of the Rings. (Posner 4) All the men and elves of Middle Earth are scared of the power the ring might bring Sauron. (4) The fear unites the all the different races similar to World War II. The fear of...