Le Guin expresses that repetition is a tool, that it is not redundancy but more foreshadowing. Seeing on the other hand attempts repetition to push language boundaries.

Stein’s main argument is that nothing is really original. Storytellers just take facts and shape it through our own way of creative writing. “Everybody is telling the story in the same way. But if you listen carefully, you will see that not all the story is the same.” Individuals have specific ways they write, and their own personal expressions will come out in their stories. Our rhetoric as authors is a pure result of our environment we live in, the people we surround ourselves with, our own personal experiences etc. To Stein there really is no such thing as repetition. Some things may seem repetitive, but really there is a  difference. This difference is the uniqueness of the individual writing, not always the words themselves, but how they use those words.

Le Guin’s approach to repition is more in support of its conventions. Le Guin says it can enhance the qualities of a story, claiming at as “an exercise in awareness”. She argues that it can give us more insight on a character. Stein is much more strict with her opinions on repetition. Stein sees truth in everything. and that no matter what we try to do, our words will always be unique to who we, the authors, are. She makes repetition almost un-producable and non-existent. Le Guin contrasts this, seeing at as a very usable tool. Repetition in her mind can bring out a natural rhythm. By manipulating words and sounds into repetition, you make them that much more special. She sees the technical aspects of repetition as necessary for structure, employing it in your work is something you consciously do yourself, where as Stein basically says it is out of our control. I would have to side with Le Guin here.

Character Quirks and THE WORLD AROUND YOU

People’s physical quirks are very funny. I was sitting in the Piazza observing people’s conversations. I looked over at a group of guys approach some girls at a table who were selling something. One guy constantly touched and scratched his right arm while talking. I saw this as a very interesting quirk, it showed nervousness and hesitancy. He probably expresses this movement in similar situations.

Speech Patterns stand out a lot, especially after talking to my closest friends for a long time. When things get argumentative, I notice repetition a lot. My one friend always begins his statements with “here’s the thing” or “actually though”. He could easily continue his conversation fine without using these statements, but he uses them anyways.

One of my friends from Minnesota has the tiniest hint of an accent. When he says the word “bag” he pronounces the A very strongly. When every he says sorry, he emphasizes the O, and it sounds like “Sooorey”. Also the word fine, like he says like “fowine”. My friends and i always call him out on it.

Samwise Gamgee

Character name:

Samwise Gamgee


Sam is Frodo Baggins’ gardener. He inherited this position after his father.

Family members and/or significant others:
After his family passed away he devoted his life to Frodo Baggins. He refers to him as “Mr. Frodo”, he is his best friend.

Personality traits:
Extremely loyal, loves nature and is fond of fantastical stories of elves and the outside world.

Character history (where is he/she from?):
He has grown up in The Shire all his life and never ventured far from the area where he lives.

Highest level of education:
Unlike most hobbits he is completely literate after learning from Frodo and Bilbo.

Physical traits:
He is a somewhat more plump hobbit than Frodo. He is average hobbit height.

Biggest motivator:
His love for all living things and his companionship with Frodo. He would die for him. He also dreams to one day have a family with Rosie, a female hobbit.

Biggest fear:
Losing his friend would take a lot of purpose away from his life. Also losing The Shire is a big fear that motivates him to journey to Mordor.

Things he/she likes:
He loves flowers and plants alike. He loves adventurous stories about Middle Earth and its inhabitants. He also loves food, specifically bacon. Aside from his compassion for Frodo, he has a big crush on a local hobbit named Rosie.

Things he/she dislikes:
He dislikes the evil in the world, especially once the One Ring lands in Frodo’s possession. He dislikes chaos and when things are out of his control. He doesn’t like Frodo setting out on his own and is afraid of loosing him.

At first, Sam is revealed to be the gardener of bag-end. But as the story unfolds, he is revealed to be eavesdropping during Gandalf’s conversation with Frodo about the One-Ring and the evil of Sauron. Gandalf hears a noise from the garden and pulls Sam out from his hiding spot behind the window where he should have been “gardening”. Gandalf knows that Sam has a kind heart and didn’t intend to walk in on their conversation. As a sort of consequence for his actions, Gandalf chooses Sam to be Frodo’s main companion on his trip to Rivendell to seek answers.

I really love Samwise because he lives up to a lot of the ideals I hold personally. He is one of the most loyal characters ever written. At one point, when Frodo is at his weakest, Sam himself carries his friend up the mountain so he can complete his journey. Tolkien is one of my all time favorite writers, not only for the epic world he created, but for the intimate details and descriptions he uses. In high school, after watching the trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson, I immediately picked up the books and read them to get more from the characters and the world Tolkien built. After revisiting the stories again and again, I’ve concluded that my favorite character in the series is Sam.



Samwise Gamgee

From Blank Page to Final Draft

When I attempt to write a script or even a class paper, I always begin the creative process by researching what I plan to write about. From that, I take what interested me, and what I feel I can elaborate on. I am a “big picture” thinker, so it is difficult for me to simply starting writing from the beginning of the script/paper. Once I’ve researched what I’m writing about, I create an outline. For stories, I consider locations and characters’ actions. I also develop various character arcs and the general themes/tones I want in my story. Once I have this path drawn out, I can begin to add smaller details like dialogue and descriptions to take up the bulk of the story. For class papers, I try to build a solid backbone to my argument or point I am making. I also follow the classic five- part structure; Intro and Thesis, then Proofs, Refutes, and a Conclusion. For whatever I write, I always have a couple peers ora family member read over what I’ve created. At the end of writing, I try to find a way to connect the beginning to the end,for example ‘book-ending”. This is important to me because I feel that it gives my writing a purpose when the4 beginning ties in to the end.