Faerie Essay

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Faerie Tale follows the tale of the Hastings family and their move to a rural mansion in New York. The Hastings family includes; Phil Hastings, a screenwriter working on a novel and his wife, retired actress, Gloria Hastings, Phil's daughter, Gabbie, a wealthy heiress from Phil's previous marriage, and twin boys, Sean and Patrick, who are particularly targeted by the “bad thing” in the story. The “bad thing” is a minion of the evil faerie king who is attempting to re-enter the mortal world before the “moving” closes the temporary portal between worlds on midnight on Halloween. Throughout the story different characters help the Hastings in different ways. Most helpful are the Irish immigrant Barney Doyle who eventually tells Sean how to save Patrick from the faerie realm, and Mark Blackman, an author who provides information along the way every time a new secret about the mansion is revealed. In the end the Erl King is killed only to be replaced by the fairy that kills him, revealing the cyclical nature of the fairy realm and how the creatures are not truly immortal but trapped in a predestined loop that forever repeats the same story; the queen and king to be fall in love, a child is stolen, it is fought over resulting in a demi-war between two factions, with the new king to be sometimes killing the evil king to become a good king or siding with evil king to become an evil king and killing the queen. Various “plot twists” can occur but the faeries know that the end result will always be the crowning of a new king and queen through the shedding of blood.
Novel Analysis
From the beginning it becomes obvious that many of the characters represent familiar archetypes. Gabbie is a budding young virgin, beautiful, innocent, and vulnerable after a recent break-up. Jack is her knight in shining armor, complete with the horse, who after courting her in the most gentlemanly like fashion, then rescues her from being raped, and is subsequently rewarded with being given her virginity and they live happily ever after. Sean and Patrick who take center stage in the later part of the book represent the idyllic twins. Opposite sides of the same coin they complete each other with a psychic bond in the end proving that because they are of the same coin, not two separate people they can reverse the roles of victim and protector, as witnessed when the shy Sean ventures into the faerie realm alone to rescue his brother from the clutches of the Erl King. Mark Blackman and Barney Doyle both represent the Sage but in two very different ways. Blackman has studied for many years to have accumulated the knowledge he knows and is able to pass on to the Hastings family, where on the other hand Barney Doyle has lived beside faeries before as a child in Ireland, and so passes on a folk-lore knowledge on to Sean and Patrick, saving Patrick's life. By using these archetypes the reader is able to recognize the familiar characters of childhood tales and Feist simply adds a deeper...

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