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Fantasy comes into our world

How does author Jonathan Stroud use fantasy to make a statement about humanity

Mike Knutson

on 7 November 2012

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"I have access to seven planes, all coexistent. They overlap each other like layers on a crushed mille-feuille. Seven planes is sufficient for anybody. Those who operate more are just showing off" (Stroud 10). The Statement of Samarkand By: Mike Knutson, Karley Bounds, Natalie Raffelock,
and Alexis Marks Work Cited Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2004. Print. With great power comes great corruption One has probably heard of the phrase with great power comes great responsibility. But what happens when he who holds power fears to lose it? Do they embrace it, caress it, become corrupt by it? The author Jonathan Stroud addresses this issue in The Amulet of Samarkand; A power-hungry man will be destroyed by that very thing, power. Classes Stroud uses the different classes of demons to represent people with certain capabilities or rankings. "These are, in descending order of power and general awe: marids, afrits, djinn, foliots, imps" (Stroud 36). He than used his fantasy social class system to show how we have social classes in real-life. We have a social class today just like the one Stroud created. It goes in order of power/abilities because it's mainly based on how much money you make. (you determine that based on your power/abilities) All people want power. It is the dream of every girl and boy to grow up to be president, or be a king or queen, or even to rule the world. One way this want of power is shown is that Mr. Underwood always wants Nathaniel to grow up to hold office in Parliament, the form of government in Great Britain. This is first shown when they brain wash Nathaniel making him think that he has no other choice in his life but to become a government official. "And if you work hard and do everything your master tells you, you will go there too, and i will be as proud of you as can be"(Stroud 56). This shows the adults trying to corrupt Nathaniel and make him think having power and being in government is his only lease on life "Foliot: a cut price djinni" (Stroud 158). "Homunculus: a tiny maniin produced by magic and often trapped in a bottle as a magician's curio. A few have prophetic powers, although it is important to do exactly the opposite of what they recommend, since homunculi are always malevolent and seek to do their creators harm" (Stroud 452). The Power of Planes Stroud uses the planes to show how everyone has different views on certain things and that some people may be able to see things that others can't. The use of planes represents how some people can achieve more without as much effort as someone else. "I checked him out on the different planes. On one to six he was exactly the same, a portly cook in a white apron. But on the seventh"(Stroud 23)... "Automatically I scanned through the planes, saw nothing. It would do" (Stroud 43). "A cat that had observed
the bird (on two planes. Cats have that power.) from some way off waited a few moments for it to emerge, lost patience, and scuttled curiously after it" (Stroud 11). I want power! Later in the story it shows a man named Simon Lovelace, a government official whom is corrupt with his power. He wants to use The Amulet of Samarkand to kill the government and control the magical capital of the world, Great Britain. He was a hotshot in the government who rose to power and only sought to seek more. His master, who most likely corrupted him as a child gave him an idea to use a being more powerful than any madrid to kill them. "'My dear master suggested this plan,' Lovelace said, 'and, as always, he was inspired. He will be watching us at this moment'" (Stroud 440). Mr. Stroud knows that everything is corrupt from start to finish. The master was corrupt and then corrupts the pupil, there is no end to this vicious cycle. The use of planes symbolizes how sometimes the people in the lower classes aren't told everything that the upper classes are, causing them to have a different view on things. Continuing on, sometimes the amaurotic, also known as blind people, don't get to see anything that most people get to see. The use of planes shows how their are some people that can see things that others can't. In other words, Stroud uses planes, a piece of fantasy, to make a statement about humanity. Certain people may have abilities that others don't. So, everyone is not always equal and may take different views on certain things. Sullivan, Lee. Chapuis, Nicolas. "The Amulet of Samarkand book cover." Photo. sf-fantasy.com 28 Sept. 2010. 5 Nov. 2012. How Stroud used fantasy to make a statement about humanity.(:
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