Although most statements/quotes suggest, that the genre fantasy swishes you away to your imagination land, However we not only escape away to our dream land. Fantasy has the power to teach life lessons, shows us that there is always another door open, ‘Classic literature’ vs escapist literature and Overcoming adversity. All of these arguments will be explored throughout the essay based on either Harry Potter series and The Princess Bride. These books allow audiences to learn the lessons of life in a different perspective. Harry potter’s and Westley’s point of view is put into perspective to approve Neil Gaimans statement.
In ‘By the River’ by Steven Herrick the novel focuses on Harry’s coming of age and furthermore the events that progress him from childhood into adulthood. This coming of age novel portrays the circumstances that impact Harry, and serve as stepping stones on his journey to adulthood and maturity. The most significant milestones that advanced him from youth to adulthood are the multiple losses that have had a severe impact, the many responsibilities that have been inflicted upon him and the flourishing friendships that helped Harry experience life’s greatest lessons.
The banning of books is a must most of the time, but banning a children’s book? Whenever they may not be what people make them out to be. The book I’m most astonished to see on a banned book list is the ever so popular Harry Potter series. By examining that this book is a fantasy, Harry is a hero, and that the message has nothing to do with why it was banned, it is clear that Harry Potter should NOT be banned. I have found sources that tell the reason this series is banned. Would you agree? Or would you keep this fantastic children’s fantasy book on the shelves?
In the novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan, the main character is very caring and persistent. Percy Jackson is a 12-year-old boy and finds out that he is half human, half god. On page 49, the author writes about a conversation between Percy and his mother: “‘Mom, you’re coming too,’ ... ‘He doesn’t want us... he wants you. Besides, I can’t cross the property line.’ … ‘We’re going together. Come on, Mom.’” Percy and his mom are being chased by a giant monster and they are trying to get to a safe place, but this safe place is only for kids that are demigods, people like Percy. Percy’s mom is telling Percy to go by himself, but he won’t leave her. This shows that he cares for his mom and doesn’t want to
All societies have tales of legendary people, tales of people who do the impossible- heroes. Heroes come in all forms. We have all heard about them, in some story, rather it be in a movie or a book. What you may not realize is that every hero has a journey, a journey that leads them to become the person capable of these amazing feats. This process is called the heroes journey. Here we will follow the heroic tale of Percy Jackson, from “Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Just as most heroes, Percy begins his journey unaware of the new life he will have, once finished with his journey. Unaware the he is a demigod, the son of the god Poseidon. In his ordinary life, Percy is a young boy dealing with obstacles that he feels are getting him into trouble. The obstacles that plague Percy are ADHD and dyslexia. The only constant in his life is his mom, who is in a troubled relationship with his stepfather. In a heroic tale, there are steps that define the journey that develops the heroic qualities. This pattern is defined as the separation, initiation/transformation, and the return phases.
William Shakespeare can be argued as being one of the best writers of all time. Part of Shakespeare’s magic includes his ability to still have such a massive influence on authors and the content they create even today. Many books, films, and other forms of media are based off popular themes taken from the works of Shakespeare. Although Shakespeare has remained relevant through many years, other authors have become common household names and written pieces of writing that have taken over the world. An author that has written amazing books read and enjoyed by millions is J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling is the author of the widely-loved book series Harry Potter. The seven Harry Potter novels have each been adapted to their
Unlike ‘sex’, which typically refers to the biological and physiological differences, gender is a sociological concept that describes the social and cultural constructions that is associated with one’s sex (Giddens & Sutton, 2013, p. 623-667). The constructed (or invented) characteristics that defines gender is an ongoing process that varies between societies and culture and it can change over time. For example, features that are overly masculine in one culture can be seen as feminine in another; however, the relation between the two should not be seen as static. Gender socialization is thought to be a major explanation for gender differences, where children adhere to traditional gender roles from different agencies of socialization. Gender
The Harry Potter series have been an interesting series for me ever since I have enrolled in Professor Fox’s class. I personally have not read any of the Harry Potter series during my childhood, but once I have enrolled in Professor Fox’s class I have recently just finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Throughout my readings of these two books I have had many observations on certain aspects of the story that I would not have noticed when I was younger. These three aspects that I can’t imagine as a child noticing is how the Dursleys abused Harry, the stance on gender, and prejudgement based on appearance.
Flannery O’Connor almost has a habit of making the endings to her stories tragic. However, those same tragic endings always seem to have a positive deeper meaning. The title, “The River”, could make one believe that the text could be about almost anything. When I saw the title of the story and realized it was written by Flannery O’Connor, I knew that there cannot be anything good about a river and so it must lead to something catastrophic. The most important characters in the story are Harry, the five-year-old boy whose parents pay him no attention, his baby sitter, Mrs. Connin, and Bevel Summers, the preacher. The story starts with Harry being prepared by his parents to go off with a sitter. The sitter complains that Harry “ain’t fixed right” (O’Connor 1) so his father replies, “Well then for Christ’s sake fix him.” Mrs. Connin, being a very religious woman, takes this request seriously as in to fix the child for the sake of Christ. The sitter takes Harry to her farm where he will learn about his Maker and get baptized. She will later return him to his house where his parents are getting ready to throw a party. His mother immediately puts him to bed and this adds to his feeling of alienation. When he notices that his tennis shoes are still wet from being baptized, he realized that he wants to
Everyone grows up eventually, and each person passes through childhood and into the adult world in their own way. By the River, by Steven Herrick is a novel which shows how Harry Hodby grows and matures into a young man. The story is a ‘coming of age’ novel and Harry’s growth creeps up on the reader. Harry experiences death at a young age, with his mother passing away. As a result, he gains extra responsibilities in his youth. He experiences other different types of losses. All of them help him gain greater maturity and develop as a young adult, although these movements are painful at times. The most important event, though, is for Harry to accept his life and move forward, which he learns near the novel’s end.
Harry Potter’s narrative follows Campbell’s pattern. In Harry’s case, he is living with his Muggle relatives, when letters from Hogwarts arrive to notify him that he has been accepted to the wizarding school (cf. Ahmed, 2012,
In the Book Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling is a book about a boy named Harry Potter who learns who he is. When Harry turns eleven he finds out that he is an orphan and also who his parents are and how they died. When Harry knows that his parents are wizards. Hagrid, who is one of the staff members at Hogwarts invites him to a school for Wizard, Hogwarts. This school Hogwarts has many similarities and differences from my school, and I don’t think I would really want to go to Hogwarts.
I’ve read Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets, a book written by J.K. Rowling. It’s the second book in a series of 7. The book is about Harry Potter, a 12-year-old wizard going to Hogwarts. This year, people are getting stupefied without anyone knowing the reason behind it. At the same time, Harry can hear voices that no one else can.
The film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was my first exposure to the creature known as the Cerberus. The animal was named “Fluffy” and depicted as a three-headed guard dog. Under the orders of school headmaster Albus Dumbledore, it watched over the trapdoor that eventually led to the titular Stone, an object with the ability to grant its user eternal life. The only way to “defeat” the Cerberus was to play music, lull it to sleep, and run away from it or dive into the trapdoor before it woke up. I initially believed that the animal was invented in the book of the same name that served as the basis for the film. Its true origins, however, lie in Greek mythology, a source far more suitable for representation in the bestiary than a popular contemporary series of novels and films. In the case of fictional animals, the Bestiary ought to contain a three-dimensional character that engages readers, not a temperamental beast that is brushed aside and forgotten.
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