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The Muggle Society

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K Rowling tries to
portray the characteristics of the world through her characters and the
secondary world that she creates. In the story, the humans are said to be
muggles, but are portrayed in a demeaning way, and witches are portrayed as
good figures. This shows how humans in the world sometimes act different ways
towards things because of their different attitudes. In the story, the muggles
have characteristics that degrade the human population.

The Dursley family is
portrayed as very mean, selfish, and prejudice towards others. They do not act
nice towards Harry and only care about themselves and their needs. When Harry
asks Uncle Vernon if he could sign his permission form, Uncle Vernon replies by
saying “If, at the end of it, you’ve toed the line and kept to the story, I’ll
sign your ruddy form” (Rowling 21). This shows that Uncle Vernon is only
worried about his needs and how Harry will act towards his guest so he decides
to give into Harry’s wish. This makes a reference to how humans worry about
their own desire, and end up doing anything to fulfill it. Even though Uncle
Vernon hates the fact that he has to do as Harry wishes he is more concerned
with the fact of how Harry will act towards Aunt Marge.

In the story, Aunt Mary
is shown as a muggle who is very prejudice. When she comes over she makes as
many attempts as she can to make Harry’s life miserable. She criticizes every
aspect of Harry. “If there’s something rotten on the inside, there’s nothing
that anyone can do about it” (Rowling 25). This shows that humans are sometimes
prejudicing towards others when they feel insecure about something. Aunt Marge
makes very demeaning comments about Harry without knowing him to make her-self
feel secure.

J.K Rowling demeans
humans through the characteristics that she gives to the muggles. She shows
that human society as a whole is very selfish and self-centered. She also shows
that humans are greedy and can go to any extent to fulfill their wish. Rowling
validates witches and gives them good characteristics to build on the
characteristics that she gives muggles to give a clearer picture about how the
human society behaves as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work
cited

Rowling,
J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban. New York: Scholastic,
1999. Print.

 

Personality through Feelings

One’s inner personality is different than his or her outer personality. One may seem really nice but
might not actually be nice. In A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursuala K. Le Guin attempts to show one’s inner feelings, and how they get denied most of the time.

In the beginning of the novel, Ged is sent to a school to learn more and become more powerful. In school, some of his friends put him to the test to see how powerful he is. “What do you know of know” (Guin 57). This shows how Ged can be easily influenced by what someone said something to him. The author is referring to how one is easily influenced by his or her peers. Guin refers to the fact that one accepts others feelings more than his or her own. When Ged does not accept his feelings he releases the darkness from within him.

In A Wizard of Earthsea, Ged runs away to save his life when he finds that the shadow is after him. When Ged finally meets the shadow to face to face in the final battle, he finds out the reality of the shadow.  “At first it was shapeless, but as it grew nearer it took on the look of a man” (Guin 178). At
first Ged did not really understand what was going on because the shadow kept on changing, but eventually he understood that the shadow was a part of him. This shows us that one tends to hide his or her feelings most of the time, and eventually the feeling are unleashed. When Ged released the shadow earlier, he never guessed that shadow and the darkness was a part of him. He kept running away from it and kept thinking that it was because of his spell, but the shadow
was actually all of his hidden feelings.

One’s personality is based on his or her feelings. When the feelings are hidden and kept inside they need a way of getting out one ends up acting differently than they normally would. Guin attempted to show this through her character of Ged. Ged finally defeated the shadow by learning how to accept his feelings.

 

 

Works
cited

Le
Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea. New York: Bantam, 1968. Print.

 

Improving
the Real World through Wonderland

In
his book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
Lewis Carroll portrays Wonderland as a depiction of the mind of a little girl
named Alice. When Alice finds herself in Wonderland she does not know what she
is about to encounter, but her curiosity pulls her towards finding out the
mysteries of this place called Wonderland. As Alice walks through Wonderland
she quickly finds out that it is not at all like her homeland. The rabbit and
the dodo bird challenge the notion of reality by mocking it with their
behavior.

Alice’s journey starts when she sees a dressed up white
rabbit scurrying off. She gets fascinated by it and follows him when she
suddenly starts her long fall down in the rabbit hole. The rabbit is a very shy
yet mean animal, but he symbolizes wanting something but not getting it. This
is why the rabbit is depicted as really frustrated person. When Alice tries to
talk to the rabbit by saying  “If you
please. Sir-” (Carroll 60)., he just walks off in an aggressive manner.  The rabbits behavior challenges reality by
portraying that no one has time for anyone, and that it’s every man for
himself.

During her journey, Alice lands on a bank from her pool
of tears with a couple of animals. When she brings out the fact that they need
to dry up, a dodo bird suggests that they should have a caucus race. Alice asks
what a caucus race is, the dodo bird replies by saying “the best way to explain
it is by doing it” (Carroll 68). By the end of the race, everyone that
participated was declared the winner. In a caucus in the real world, members
are elected to run as delegates. In the story, the dodo bird challenges the
fact of elections. No matter who wins an election there will always be someone
who opposes the fact that he or she won.

All the different characters in Wonderland challenge the
real world society in one way or another. The rabbit and the dodo bird show
that the real world society could be improved. In his book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll portrays the real world
society as something that will fall apart if it is not improved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works
cited

Carroll,
Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Ontario: Broadview Literary
Texts, 2000. Print.

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