Monday, May 15, 2017

Narrative Writing: Reimagining The Hobbit

This weekend, I got to thinking about the story of The Hobbit, and how it would be different if it was told from the perspective of one of the story's other characters (i.e., Gandalf, Gollum, Bombur, Thorin, you name it).  As the main character, Bilbo plays an important role in how the story is told: we are sympathetic to him, understand his logic, and find his "hobbitness" incredibly endearing and heroic.  But how would Bilbo look if Bombur described him? Would he be the same hero Tolkien describes? Or, would he seem frustrating, small, and furry if told from the perspective of an elegant elf or a burly dwarf?

For all of this week, you and a partner will be writing an imaginative piece of literature in which you re-write the story of The Hobbit from the perspective of one of the book's other characters.  Your story may be as long or as short you like and discuss any part of the book.

Please use dialogue, specific details, and setting.  Your character's perspective should be believable and give your reader a new perspective on the same story.


VHS.11-12.W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

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