Bachelor of Arts in English
Margaret Case, Ph.D.
Marginalization of individuals and groups occurs in literary texts just as it does in real life. Shylock from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (c. 1596), Jim from Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), and Merry and Pippin from J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (1954) are all marginalized in various manners. By first investigating the ways in which the three texts marginalize characters and then comparing these characters to the ostensible heroes of their respective texts, this thesis illustrates the perhaps surprising claim that marginalized characters are sometimes more heroic than the heroes themselves
Zachary, Lyons, "Rethinking the Hero: Marginalization in Shakespeare, Twain and Tolkien" (2012). English Theses. 72.