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Artemis Fowl: The Lost colony

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Reshma Kodi

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Transcript of Artemis Fowl: The Lost colony

Artemis Fowl The Lost Colony
The genre of this novel is science fiction because of three reasons; it involves demons, fairies, and time continuum. One example which supports this is, "The demon howled and gnashed its pointed teeth, abandoning all attempts to speak English. Luckily, Artemis was one of two humans in any dimension who spoke Gnommish, the fairy language." This is a perfect example to prove that this novel is science fiction. In this quote, it mentions, “The demon howled and gnashed its pointed teeth,” which indirectly signals the reader, that there will be more of these creatures in this novel by describing its gestures. The quote also includes the word, “dimension,” to explain that this book deals with more than one dimension, Earth. The last example which supports that its science fiction is, “… Gnommish, the fairy language,” obviously indicating there are fairies within the novel. On overall, this novel’s genre is science fiction.
Character Traits
Artemis Fowl II
Artemis Fowl II is an Irish fourteen year old prodigy and a ruthless master criminal mastermind. He uses his intelligence to build his family fortune through crime. In this book, Artemis works with Holly and the Section Eight, in a double mission to secure a demon, as well as its homeland. He also learns that there is another mastermind, like himself, trying to recover the young demon. After being stranded on another world known as Hybras, Artemis learned the value of his dear friend, Butler and his family. At the beginning of this book, he had stated, “This girl reminded him a lot of himself eighteen months ago, when achievement and acquisition were everything, and family and friends were secondary.” Almost at the end of the book, he reconsiders this statement and says, “Holly and I have left friends and family behind who we would dearly love to see again.” This proves that Artemis Fowl II was a dynamic character throughout this story.
Domovoi Butler
Domovoi Butler is Artemis Fowl II's bodyguard who had cared for him since the moment he was born. Along with Artemis Fowl II and Juliet (Butler's sister), he was one of the few people who knew about the existence of fairies. He is the third deadliest man in the world, behind only one of his relatives and one other martial arts master. Based on the book, Butler has a faithful, loyal, and kind-hearted personality. These character traits are proven in many parts of the book. One example which proves that he is faithful and loyal is when he waits three years for Artemis to return to earth, even if he doesn’t know if he will ever return. Another example which proves that butler is kind-hearted, is when N°1, a demon imp, assures himself that Butler will not kill him, because he knows that Butler only harms those who try to harm Artemis. This is proven in this example, “It’s not the same. I need some real pressure. I know Mr. Butler wouldn’t actually kill me.” On overall, butler is faithful, loyal, and kind-hearted.
Holly Short
Holly (race: fairy) is the elf captured by Artemis in the first book. She is the first and only female officer in LEPrecon, the recon division of the LEP. Holly is very strong-willed, smart, and will defy the orders of her superiors and disobey rules if she believes that she can be of more help that way. She often helps Artemis and Butler save the human and fairy worlds. In this novel, she is proven strong-willed and smart when she tries to catch Doodah Day, a fish smuggler. “She had to get out of there. And there was only one way. Over the rotor. Past the blades. Holly tipped one gingerly with a finger. A droplet of blood oozed from a tiny cut, only to be sucked back in by a blue spark of magic.” This example proves that Holly is determined to catch Doodah Day, even if it put her own life in risk. She is proven smart, when she plans to have her assistant guard the other side of the entrance, as a backup plan, which eventually succeeds. On overall Holly, is very strong-willed, smart, and will defy the orders of superiors and disobey rules if she believes that she can be of more help that way.
N°1 is a benevolent demon, and he feels immense remorse upon killing anything, even for survival, such as rabbits (going so far as to feel that their spirits haunt him). In other terms, he is a pacifist, like most warlocks, but unlike most normal demons. Initially while in Hybras, N°1 is shown as being very timid with low or non-existent self-esteem. He also enjoys pointing out synonyms to phrases and words, which, as pointed out by him, is his way of dealing with stress. “He realized that this vocabulary spouting was a good way to deal with stress.” Due to his slower-than-average warp, he receives constant bullying and cruelty from the other demons, causing difficulty fitting in with his own kind. This not only shows his patience towards bulling, but it also demonstrates his determination of originality. He is shown discrimination because of the difference in his slower-than-average warp time, but he doesn’t take this as an insult. He, instead, believes that he is a warlock, who doesn’t warp at all. His attitude contributes to the proverbial phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” On the whole, N°1 is a kindhearted and optimistic demon.
Leon Abbot
Leon Abbot, born as N'zall, was a demon who appeared as the main antagonist in The Lost Colony. Abbot is a narcissist, and believes that he is more important than others. “'Now I could kill you,' said Abbot, and the thought gave him obvious pleasure. “But you are a popular buck among the imps, and they would pester me with questions. So I will let you live. After a fashion. Your free will shall belong to me.'” This shows that he is jealous of N°1, and by saying this statement, he is trying to make himself look like he is doing a favor for N°1, even though he is threatening him. Throughout the novel, Abbot is described as heartless, selfish, and self-centered. One example which proves that he is heartless is when he stabs Holly with a sword, “'Hello, elf,' he said, and plunged the sword into Holly's chest…Abbot was jubilant. ‘Magic cannot help you, elf. I've been working on this sword for a long time, in case the warlocks ever showed up. There's enough enchantment in this steel to stop an entire magic circle.’ He shook the sword as he talked. Spittle sprayed from his mouth, and Holly's blood dripped from the blade, splattering lines on the ash.” This event in the novel illustrates how cruel Abbot is towards others. “Every time things are going right for me, Abbot ruins it, he thought. I am so fed up of this demon. I wish he was gone.” This shows how N°1 feels about Abbot, which interprets that Abbot is a self-centered in an indirect way because he wishes to be the only one who is happy and everyone else is to suffer. Wrapping up, Abbot is a heartless, selfish, and self-centered demon.
Minerva Paradizo
Minerva Paradizo is a twelve year old, who is very similar to Artemis Fowl in terms that they both are criminal masterminds. She initially served as an antagonist, but after being foiled by Artemis and betrayed by Billy Kong, she allies with Artemis's team. She is presented as being equally intelligent as Artemis, a mirror image of him, but ultimately he is able to best her, due to his alliance with the technologically superior fairies. Minerva is a criminal genius, who captures the imp N°1 and tries to present him as her project for the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. Her main traits are determination, genius smarts, and stability through dangerous situations. Her determination is revealed when she doesn’t stop trying to get a hold of a demon, even after her house was destroyed within the process. A supporting evidence is when she argues with her dad, “'Quit, Papa? Quit? While Artemis Fowl conducts a parallel project? I think not.' Gaspard spoke again, this time with a little iron in his tone. 'You think not, Minerva?' Minerva blushed. 'Sorry, Papa. I am infuriated, that's all. This Irish boy swans in here with his troops, and just like that, ruins all our work. It is unbearable, no?'” She clearly explains her mindset and her determination through this discussion. Her stability through dangerous situations is well demonstrated, when Billy Kong knocks out Minerva’s father, Gaspard, and she still is able to speak to him with confidence and in a superior manner. “Kong pulled a second blade from his sleeve pocket. 'There's still time. Now, tell me how we go about finding our little friend.' Minerva stood facing Kong, her fists clenched defiantly. 'Listen to me, idiot. That demon is gone. I have no doubt that his benefactors plucked the silver bullet from his leg as soon as they had him in the car. He is back on his island. Forget about him.'” She refers to him as an "idiot", not caring one bit that he is in hold of two blades. These factors and evidences express Minerva as a determined, intelligent, and strong minded.

Internal/ External

Character Motivation
Critical Review
Value of friendship is one of the themes introduced in this novel, which is shown by the relationship that exist between Artemis and Butler. Butler proves to be more than just a bodyguard to Artemis, when he waits three years for Artemis to return from Hybras. Butler places his life on hold to be there for Artemis when he returns, proving that his commitment to Artemis goes much deeper than employer to employee.

Another theme is faith versus doubt. This is supported when Holly and Artemis are stranded on another dimension, known as Hybras. Hybras is a demon word, where only bloodthirsty demons live, which meant that they had to get back to their world soon. Holly knew the circumstances, and instead of doubting Artemis to save them, she relied and had faith in him. “That’s because Artemis is a tactical genius, said her sensible side. Oh, shut up, her irritated side responded eloquently.” This quote proves internal faith within Holly towards Artemis, which makes her outer self reconsider. She believes in him with the fact that he’s a genius, but also doubts herself by basing it on reality. Faith versus doubt is one theme of this book, because many characters had faith towards Artemis instead of doubt. Their faith not only helped him succeed but it also motivated to keep trying.

The irony is very common in this novel because the main character expects things to happen exactly the way he imagines it to be, but sometimes, the exact opposite happens. One example is when Artemis and Holly try to rescue a demon imp, N°1. They organize this plan so that there’s absolutely no way it could fail. Up to that point, it all succeeded. But sooner or later Minerva found out, and she was not going to agree her loss of a precious success. Another example of irony is obvious. “Remote- controlled rocks, said mulch dryly, delighted at the opportunity to exercise his sarcasm muscle.” Here, Mulch uses verbal irony to describe his boredom at that moment. These are few of the three types of irony used throughout this novel.

The internal conflict which Artemis Fowl faces is when he witnesses his only elf friend, Holly, die in front his own eyes, and still not do anything about it. “Holly spoke her last. ‘Artemis,’ she said. ‘Artemis, help me.’ Artemis glanced at her. Once. Briefly. He shouldn't have. The sight of his friend dying almost threw off his count. And right now, the count was the most important thing.” The last moments of Holly were sacred to him, even though he didn’t express them through words. ”Holly died without a friend to hold her hand. Artemis felt her go, another gift of the magic. He kept on counting, brushing away the tears on his cheeks.” These final moments of Holly affected him internally, because they have been through too much together for her to be taken so quickly. He couldn’t accept what suddenly happened, but in order to go back to Earth, he had to keep going.
The external conflict which Artemis faces is rescuing Hybras and the demons on it, from limbo because of a time spell which is unraveling. This is an external conflict because this is no ordinary problem which any fourteen year old would face. This challenge also means that he has to travel through time and space. Not only is this enough, but another master criminal mind is after his demon imp. “Minerva gripped the phone tightly. ‘Yes, Master Fowl. It would be exceptional. It is exceptional. So you can keep your Irish paws off my research. The last thing I need is for some bigheaded teenage boy to hijack all my work at the last second. You had your own demon, but that wasn't enough, you had to try and steal mine too. The moment I recognized you in Barcelona, I knew you would be after my research subject.’” He knew that under any circumstance, he had to rescue the demon in order to save Hybras. This is an external conflict because Artemis has to save another island in another dimension from disintegrating, causing all the demons to suddenly appear on Earth.

The character motivation which Artemis senses is stated in the following, “Holly and I have left friends and family behind who we would dearly love to see again.” This shows that his motivations were to go back to earth to his family and friends, whom he dearly loves. This not only pushes him to work hard to get back to earth, but it makes him realize the value of them. Earlier in the book, he states, “This girl reminded him a lot of himself eighteen months ago, when achievement and acquisition were everything, and family and friends were secondary.” He didn’t understand the importance of his relationships between his family members, and friends until they were not around him. After they were distant from him, he began to understand their significance in his life. On the whole, Artemis’s family and friends were his motivation to get back to Earth.

The novel,
The Lost Colony
, is a well-thought out book. I would certainly recommend this novel for those who wish to seek suspense, and surprises. The beginning of the book is confusing, because the author switches to a whole new topic, but as the book flows, it all connects together. The characters face many adventurous fights and obstacles throughout the novel. This not only makes the story intriguing, but it’s also described to the up most detail, creating intensity and curiosity. There were many shocking moments within the novel, leading to more suspense and cliffhangers. Nevertheless, it all comes together at the very end as a happy conclusion.

The tone of this novel does vary throughout the novel, but mostly it’s frank. In some situations, the characters use sarcasm to imply that they necessarily are in a bad mood, or that the person is uninterested in a certain topic. This can be supported when one of the character, Mulch, is sarcastically interested in flying rocks, “Remote- controlled rocks, said mulch dryly, delighted at the opportunity to exercise his sarcasm muscle.” Other than sarcasm, the characters' tone is frank. They state how they feel, according to the situations they are facing. For example, “'Hybras is doomed,' said Artemis frankly.’ Your home will shortly be dragged through the time tunnel along with everything on it. When I say shortly, I mean at our end. At your end it could have already happened, or maybe it will happen in a million years.' He extended his hand. 'And by the way, my name is Artemis Fowl.'” Here, the main character, Artemis, states the truth to the demon imp, not wanting to cause any distrust in the future by lying. He is aware that this can offend the imp's feelings, but he doesn’t want to regret this moment, by giving the demon imp false hope. Artemis, instead, cuts to the chase, and tells him the truth even if it hurts. To conclude with, the tone for this novel is very blunt and involves some sarcasm.
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