Essay on Ending Evil: A Major Theme in J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

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Themes to End Evil

J.R.R Tolkien uses characterization to demonstrate through certain themes that free will can always overcome the forces of evil. Wisdom, fate, responsibility, sight and surveillance are the key themes that the main characters in The Lord of the Rings posses to use on their adventure to destroy all evil. Much similar to modern day society and as well on how this country was formed; we can connect similarities between the main themes used by the characters from the book to the roles our founding fathers had in forming this great country and to people in our current day life. Free will and wisdom are the two most powerful characteristics Frodo Baggins, main character, and his companion’s posses. In the beginning of the novel a great gathering of the mightiest warriors and noblest men all come together to discuss what should be done to the ring. The ring controls all that is evil and with the wisdom that they all posses, decide that it must be destroyed. This wisdom is carried on throughout the book as Frodo, and eight others, all willing volunteer to embark on the adventure. It is with this journey that we see the true importance of free will and wisdom as they use their knowledge to destroy evil. Much like our founding fathers, these two characteristics were used in the course of history to form this country. Signs of free will and wisdom are seen early on in the book, as well as in history, since anyone is able to posses one. Without wisdom, free will can be used by anyone to make decisions of evil or good. Similar is seen in that without free will, then wisdom can only be kept in mind and serve no purpose. J.R.R Tolkien demonstrates the good that comes from these characteristics, used together, in the novel. Likewise for the importance of free will and wisdom, individual responsibility is carried a long way throughout the novel. Each character is carries a different responsibility and skill in which they have mastered. The importance can be seen as they continue onto their journey and learn to rely on one another’s skills. Similar to how machines have different parts to get production done the most efficiently; they work off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses to perform their best. Frodo possesses the ring, while Aragorn, Boromir, Gimli, Legolas, Meriadoc, Pippin and Sam all use their forms of responsibility to protect him. It is Gandalf who uses his wisdom to get them to Mordor safely.The importance of individual responsibility can be seen today in our government. Not one man is in charge of running this country, but over a million people put forth their skills and efforts to run this country. Another example can be seen in the army as medics rush and use their skills to save the men around them in the line of fire. Comparisons can be seen every day on the importance of individual responsibility. This characteristic gives the group the advantage over the enemy as their organized skills and responsibilities are used to protect one another and triumph over evil. Furthermore another key characteristic each and every one of the group members must carry, search and surveillance. Although they are able to take on numerous orgs in battle, thanks to the use of their wisdom and responsibilities, J.R.R Tolkien shows the realistic views that nine members would not be able to take on a full army. Hiding and surveillance allow for Frodo and his companions to move quickly in addition to planning smarter attacks. With the enemy in surveillance at all times gives them the…