Beauty is the unspoken privilege within humanity. It is a lottery game in which some people do not win, but still try to present themselves as if they did. In Damon Knight's "The Handler", the main character Pete/Harry proves to readers that society only recognizes one for their external attributes rather than internal. Pete is a big, bronzed, boisterous, confident, but not intelligent man. As he walks into a room, everyone in it hushes and all of their eyes dart for him.
When, in The Half-Blood Prince, Harry views Dumbledore’s memory of his first meeting with Tom Riddle, Harry observes how the orphans “Were all wearing the same kind of grayish tunic. They looked reasonably well-cared for, but there was no denying that this was a grim place in which to grow up.” When Dumbledore tells him he is a wizard, Riddle admits, “I knew I was different.” Meaning, both Harry and Riddle were friendless and acutely different from those they lived with due to their magical abilities. Yet, the distinction, which concerns Dumbledore, is Riddle’s “Obvious instincts for cruelty, secrecy, and domination,” (6:13, 275) due to his deeds towards the other orphans.
Susan Henning Uphauser wrote that "many critics have identified Harry’s running as a religious quest, a search for meaning beyond the natural world." Of all the characters in the novel, he is the only one who senses that there is meaning hidden somewhere in life, that "somewhere behind all this … there's something that wants me to find it." In 1950s American society, which Uphauser characterized as "spiritually suffocating," of course, he cannot find this meaning. Thus, she wrote, "Updike conveys the confusion, meaninglessness, and uncertainty in American society today." Updike does not present any answers to Harry’s quest; readers don't have any sense that he will ever find what he's looking for or that he will solve his difficulties with
The concept of home and what it means to each character can be seen as important plot points within both pieces of literature. Within J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and L.M Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, we are able to see two characters that were initially trapped and suppressed by their settings and surroundings, who eventually come to find themselves having the ability to change their current situations. Through the settings in which these characters come to inhabit within their worlds, we are able to see a shift of perspective through the love and compassion that they receive from their new homes. To analyze and compare the similarities between both the novels Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Anne of Green
Contrasts & Contradictions Quote: ‘“So, according to you, Cedric Diggory dropped dead of his own accord, did he?’ Harry asked, his voice shaking.” (page 245) Explanation: I did not expect Harry to shout at Professor Umbridge about what happened during the last event if the Triwizard Tournament, after she already gave him detention, Hermione tried to stop him, and he already shouted at her and she didn 't believe him. However, Harry is doing this because Professor Umbridge got on his last nerve, after everyone called him out for “lying” and Professor Umbridge was exceedingly annoying and rude towards everyone, especially Harry.
Heroic figures have long been the root of inspiration and fascination for humankind. A myriad of hero myths share themes and patterns that have recurred throughout time in countless narratives. In J. K. Rowling’s books about the young wizard Harry Potter, we find the same themes, motifs and structures that these hero myths are composed of. To analyse the mythical structure in Harry Potter, two influential concepts about the construction of typical hero myths will be discussed in this chapter: psychoanalyst Otto Rank’s theory of the archetypical hero’s life and mythologist Joseph Campbell’s theory of the “monomyth”: • The archetypical hero:
The Prisoner of Azkaban directed by Alfonso Cuarón and adapted from the novel of the same name by J.K Rowling explores the theme of good and evil in a bold new direction from the first two film. As the third installment of the series, the tone of this film is much darker and morally complex. The wonder of the Wizarding World still prevails but the veneer of whimsy has eroded. In this film review, I shall analyze The Prisoner of Azkaban using three different lenses, the symbolic lens, the anagogical or hope lens, and the ethical lens as well as literary examples with a basis in Christian Spirituality to connect these lenses to the broader theme of good and evil.
When hearing the words ‘Harry Potter’, the first image that comes to mind is of wizards and witches on broomsticks, and a particular boy with a scar on his forehead. Biblical ideas are automatically assumed as against the principles presented in the famous novels, many times due to an outcry by groups of Christians, thus resulting in the two rarely being associated. However, biblical themes run rampant throughout J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series- especially of the Holy Trinity, the idea of worthiness, and sacrificial love.
Harry Potter and the philosiphers stone by J.k Rowling, portrays many themes during Harry’s years at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. For example, the power of choice and its impact on our wellbeing, on our lives, and on the lives of others. The vital importance of friendship, and family. Family is a very important theme throughout Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Harry only wishes for the family he never knew – his parents – and hates the one he's stuck with – the Dursleys.