The Harry Potter Controversy The wildly popular Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling has caused controversy for many families over the past five years. These novels according to some critics are harmless, adventurous, children's tales. Others choose to portray them as stories that inspire children to become involved in the occult and serious witchcraft. The Harry Potter novels chronicle the life of a young wizard whose wizard parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldermort.
Margaret Atwood’s speech ‘Spotty-Handed Villainesses’ is an epideictic text, which explores the significance of having a multi-faceted depiction of female characters within literature as a means of achieving gender equity, centring on the fictional presentation of women as either virtuous or villainess. The title of the speech
During the Victorian Era, society had idealized expectations that all members of their culture were supposedly striving to accomplish. These conditions were partially a result of the development of middle class practices during the “industrial revolution… [which moved] men outside the home… [into] the harsh business and industrial world, [while] women were left in the relatively unvarying and sheltered environments of their homes” (Brannon 161). This division of genders created the ‘Doctrine of Two Spheres’ where men were active in the public Sphere of Influence, and women were limited to the domestic private Sphere of Influence. Both genders endured considerable pressure to conform to the idealized status of becoming either a masculine ‘English Gentleman’ or a feminine ‘True Woman’. The characteristics required women to be “passive, dependent, pure, refined, and delicate; [while] men were active, independent, coarse …strong [and intelligent]” (Brannon 162). Many children's novels utilized these gendere...
Introduction The first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, and no one at the time could imagine that in the 10 years that followed, it would become the most read children’s book and a $6.4 billion worth film franchise. The aim of this essay is to try to explain the reason for the popularity of the Harry Potter books. The aim is also to show the changes that the series caused, how they influenced the people who read them, how they had an impact on literacy and overall, on British popular culture. In the first part of the essay I will briefly explain the beginning of the Harry Potter phenomenon and its growing popularity in the countries all over the world. In the second part I will deal with the character of Harry, explaining why he has such an appeal to the readers and how come people identify with him.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York, NY. Scholastic Press, 2000. Print.
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York City: Scholastic, 1997. Print.
For young gals everywhere, literary heroines have become symbols of inspiration, opportunity, and courage in a time where, in spite of how far society has progressed, girls are still undervalued. The characters who exhibit traits of capable leaders are those who these young women admire. It is characters like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter who influence girls is the zenith of exemplary characters in the literary universe.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, author J.K. Rowling displays the themes of feminism, love, and death because she personally experienced the importance of each. Throughout her lifetime Rowling experienced many difficult and wonderful times with her family, friends, and fans. These experiences and the effects that they had on the author’s life are clearly demonstrated in her written work. Through her characters in this novel Rowling created an outlet that she may solve her problems and relive the wonders of her life not only for herself but for her readers as well.
This sexism can be seen in the gender lines throughout the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, follows a young boy named Harry Potter who learns he is a wizard and goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is known as "The Boy Who Lived" after surviving an attack from the Dark Lord, Lord Voldemort. The series follows Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, on their years at Hogwarts and culminates in fight between Harry and Lord Voldemort. Despite being written in the late 20th and early 21st century, Harry Potter continues sexism which the series portrays through its female characters of Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley. Hermione Granger is a witch Harry meets on his way to Hogwarts. Hermione is by far the brightest student at Hogwarts and is considered a "know-it-all". Despite being the smartest student at Hogwarts, Hermione 's abilities are seen as secondary to the one of the boy 's. The boys are seen as the brave and strong ones while the girls are always seeking for help. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone, after a troll gets lose in the school, Hermione is seen "shrinking against the wall ... looking as if she was about to faint." (Rowling, "HP and the Sorcerer 's Stone" 140) Harry and Ron then save her from the troll before anyone is hurt. Throughout the book, Hermione is seen as only good for her book smarts despite being an excellent witch. Hermione has to prove herself to Harry and Ron and they only appreciate her for her knowledge. Hermione most likely does not need to the help of Harry and Ron, especially since the spell Ron used to save her from the troll was the one she taught to Ron. It is a sexist notion that the girl 's are always the "damsel-in-distress" and are not able to save themselves. This could occur since the story is seen through Harry 's eyes which relegates Hermione to
The obedience curse in Ella Enchanted and the desire for beauty in Fairest are reflective of the expectation imposed by the gender norms of society and the obsession with appearance. The young female heroine in The Paper Bag Princess defies the social norms of women by courageously saving her prince. Much like Lady Wendylyn in The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark faces her fears to help Sir Fed the brave female roles stand out as more than the damsel in destress or the needy princess waiting for her prince to sweep her off her feet. The plots of all four of these books present the reader with a strong female character and a non-conventional spin on the gender norms we expect to read in a