Harry Potter's Identity Quotes By Jk Rowling

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“We are our choices,” states French author Jean-Paul Sartre. He asserts that people are solely defined by the choices they make, and nothing more. Although it is true that as people we choose our own identity, it is wrong to assume we are alone in doing so. Influences arise from all aspects of our lives and can be both positive and negative. However we must eventually choose our identity for ourselves. The Harry Potter Series, written by J.K. Rowling proves that shaping identity is heavily influenced by the people around us, yet who we want to become is ultimately a personal decision. Influences most often come from those we trust, especially our close friends. Harry is influenced by his friends from the moment he meets…show more content…
Harry has an especially troublesome childhood because his aunt and uncle (the Dursley’s) loathe him, calling him “boy” (Book 1 p.34), and take every opportunity to insult his parents. When Harry’s great aunt comes to visit, the Dursley’s abuse escalates. His aunt has particular derision for Harry’s parents, even calling his father a “. . . good-for-nothing, lazy scoundrel” (Book 3 p. 28).This disrespect for his parents from other family members angers Harry and causes him to have immense contempt for the Dursley’s. Having a family who not only insulted him, but made him wear recycled clothes, and sleep in a closet under the stairs could have made Harry into a similar person, however he is nothing like them. Despite the fact that his cousin Dudley spends his childhood bullying Harry, and his adolescent years insulting him, Harry still tries to save him in his time of need. In the summer of his 5th year, Harry is arguing with Dudley when two dementors suddenly appear and attack them. Harry casts the Patronus charm on the dementors to protect Dudley even though doing so will result in expulsion from school. He then “. . . bent down to see whether [Dudley] was in a fit state to stand up. . .” (Book 5 p. 19). After deeming that he wasn’t, Harry “managed to hoist Dudley to his feet” (Book 5 p. 21). Despite the atrocious family dynamics present in his life, Harry he is able to avoid turning out as they did. Harry could have just left Dudley and ran, which is what his uncle would have done, but Harry chose to save his cousin. His choice proves that he could choose his own identity as a moral person regardless of the negative influences from his
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