The role of spatiality in fantasy literature
Address the role of spatiality in fantasy literature. How does space affect the reader’s sense of the novel’s world and how does it help to structure the characters within it? Use at least three of the works we’ve read this semester to establish your case.
Spatiality is a key element in fantasy literature. The worlds created in fantasy novels are often vast and complex, with their own unique geography, history, and cultures. This spatiality can have a profound effect on the reader’s sense of the novel’s world and how they perceive the characters within it.
One way that space affects the reader’s sense of the novel’s world is through its depiction of the environment. The physical setting of a fantasy novel can help to create a sense of wonder and excitement, as the reader is transported to a world that is unlike anything they have ever experienced before. For example, in The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions of the Shire, Middle-earth’s peaceful and bucolic realm, create a sense of nostalgia and longing for a simpler time. In contrast, his descriptions of Mordor, the dark and evil land ruled by Sauron, create a sense of dread and foreboding.