Shared Humanity In Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

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Do people think about the true meaning of being human? There is more to being human than having legs and the ability to breath. Every human understands loss, emotion, survival, relationships, choice,and morality. These six traits are known as shared humanity, the one concept that connects all humans to one another. Shared humanity can be displayed through literary works such as, “The Scarlet Ibis”, How I Live Now, Night, and the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

In the story “The Scarlet Ibis”,James Hurst uses choice and emotion to explain what the relationship between Doodle and his brother is like. When Doodle was born no one thought he was going to survive, yet when he was three months old they decided to name him. He was named
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Draco comes from a very rich and powerful family who believes that they are better than everyone. The Malfoy family has never gotten along with the Weasley family because the Weasley family is poor. When Draco meets Harry and sees him with Ron Weasley, he immediately starts judging him for the hammy down robe he is wearing and second hand school supplies he’s using. Draco looks at Ron and sneers as he says, “I don't need to ask your name, red hair and hammy down robe you must be a Weasley”. Draco then turns to Harry and says, “You’ll soon learn Potter that some wizarding families are better than others, you don't want to go making friends with the wrong sort” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). Draco is judging Ron on where he and his family stands socially. Draco doesn't feel like he has to get to know Ron to know what he's like he can just judge on appearance and what his parents have told him about their family. Draco thinks that his family is so much better just because they are rich and the Weasleys are not. It shows how people judge others on how they look not who they are.Judge. Humans tend to judge on appearances and not on personalities. They do not always take the time to find out what others are really like. Harry Potter is not the only story that exhibits shared humanity, another shared humanity trait can be established in the novel How I Live

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