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Does Harry have to die? Part II - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Jul. 15th, 2004 04:49 pm
Does Harry have to die? Part II

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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 16th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)

In Tolkien's own words:

I coined the word 'eucatastrophe': the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy stories to produce). And I was there led to the view that it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of truth...It percieves-- if the story has literary 'truth'...that this is indeed how things really do work in the Great World for which our nature is made. And I concluded by saying that the Resurrection was the greatest 'eucatastrophe' possible in the greatest fairy story-- and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love.


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Jon
Fri, Jul. 16th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
oooh, eucatastrophe...

I must say, I do like that word and its definition. It sounds like a most awesome destination for any work of art, visual, musical, or otherwise.
Rack that word up there next to Metanoia, and you've got the formula for a most powerful and worthy endeavor!


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